Narrator:This is Science Today. A recent worldwide study of smokers and non-smokers in fourteen countries, has found that on average, Europeans smoke a lot more than Americans. Preventive medicine specialist, Stephen McCurdy, of the University of California, Davis helped conduct the large-scale study and says in Spain for example, men lit up more than half as much as their American counterparts.
McCurdy: The study confirmed what many of us have noted just in our daily experience who have been to Europe, and that is that smoking is much more common in Europe than it is in the United States.
Narrator: But why do Spaniards and other Europeans smoke more? McCurdy says it's a matter of economics.
McCurdy: If you look back twenty and thirty years ago, economically most people did not have the financial means to smoke. But now with their entry into the European union and the rapidly advancing improvement in economic circumstances, people have the money and the ability to smoke…and certainly many have done that.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.