The number of under-16s who smoke has dropped sharply over the past few years but there has been no real reduction in smoking rates in other age groups, the national statistics office CBS said on Tuesday.
At the end of the 1990s some 10% of the under-16s smoked, but that has now fallen to 1.3%, the CBS said.
The highest number of smokers is among people in their 20s, where almost four in 10 smoke and 60% them smoke every day.
Fewer over-30s smoke but up to 85% of them light up on a daily basis, the CBS said.
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