German Teens Smoke Less

Less than 12 percent of 12- to 17-year-old Germans smoke regularly. In 2001, 28 percent were smokers.

Anti-smoking campaigns and smoking bans in public places such as schools and bars seems to be behind the decline, as well as an increased tobacco tax.

“Smoking is seen as uncool and expensive”, says Jens Spahn, a governmental spokesman, to the daily “Neuen Osnabrücker Zeitung”.