Close to 71 per cent of the population in Cyprus were non-smokers in 2014, according to Eurostat data released on Wednesday.
Of the 29 per cent who smoked, 25.7 per cent smoked on a daily basis and 3.4 per cent only occasionally. The majority of smokers were men, 41.9 per cent, while the same index for women was 17.2 per cent.
Cyprus ranked 6th in smokers in the EU, after Bulgaria (34.7 per cent) and Greece (32.6per cent), followed by Austria (30.0 per cent), Slovakia (29.6 per cent) and Latvia (29.5 per cent). The lowest shares of current smokers in 2014 among the population aged 15 or over were recorded in Sweden (16.7 per cent) and the United Kingdom (17.2 per cent).
In the EU, slightly over three-quarters (76 per cent) of those aged 15 or over were non-smokers in 2014, 19.2 per cent smoked any kind of tobacco products on a daily basis and 4.7 per cent occasionally.
The share of current smokers differs between genders, with a higher proportion of men (28.7 per cent) smoking than women (19.5 per cent) in the EU in 2014.
Slightly more than a fifth (21.6 per cent) of the EU population aged 15 or over, was exposed to tobacco smoke indoors on a daily basis.
Passive smoking, is also a wide-spread source of adverse health effects.
In the EU, around one in five (21.6per cent) aged 15 or over was exposed daily to tobacco smoke indoors in 2014.
Nearly two-thirds (64.2 per cent) of the population in Greece were exposed daily to tobacco smoke indoors.
High proportions of passive smoking were also registered in Croatia (44.7 per cent), Bulgaria (40.5 per cent) and Romania (37.6 per cent).
In Cyprus 25.8 per cent of the population were exposed to smoke indoors.
The lowest rates were recorded in Sweden (5.9 per cent) and Finland (6.3 per cent), followed by Portugal (8.6 per cent) and Hungary (9.9 per cent).
In these four states, passive smoking affected less than 10 per cent of the population.