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European Journal

Austria: A smokers’ paradise

Smoking among teens and young people is a major problem in Austria. A current study shows that the country tops the OECD for young smokers.

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About 25 percent of Austrian teens under age 15 smoke at least once a week. The high smoking rate is exacerbated by the country’s inconsistent non-smoker protection legislation, which allows for numerous exceptions. However, one Austrian citizen has set out to change that by making sure that the laws that do exist are enforced properly. He’s already reported about 7,000 violations to the authorities.