Despite decline: one death per hour due to smoking in Belgium

Published on: 
Friday, May 31, 2024
Last updated on 31-5-2024 by Lieke Vervoort

Each year, over 9,000 people die in Belgium as a result of smoking. These are the latest findings from Sciensano, Belgium’s public health institute. This represents one death every hour. Despite a clear decreasing trend in the number of smoking-related deaths, inequalities persist, with a greater impact among men and in Brussels and Wallonia. On World No Tobacco Day, Sciensano wants to draw more attention to the consequences of smoking.

Read the full press release in Dutch and in French

These data are also available via an application. This way, you can see the impact of smoking in a standardised way per region, and according to gender, age and year. 

Read more about tobacco use in Belgium 


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