Total and cause-specific mortality before and after the onset of the Greek economic crisis: an interrupted time-series analysis – The Lancet Public Health

A recent report provided empirical evidence that smoking and alcohol consumption declined between 2009 and 2014 in Greece. The latest Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) data suggest that in 2014, Greece had the highest number of daily smokers across all OECD countries, with 27% of the population aged 15 years or older smoking on a daily basis.29 After the beginning of the economic crisis, the number of cigarettes smoked per person started to decline in Greece.30 Some evidence also suggested that a 2011 tax increase on cigarettes led to a decrease in cigarette consumption within 1 year of its implementation.31 Changes in smoking habits might also explain our finding of a lower mortality rate due to respiratory diseases, although these changes may take a long time to be reflected fully in mortality rates.

Source: Total and cause-specific mortality before and after the onset of the Greek economic crisis: an interrupted time-series analysis – The Lancet Public Health