Germany ratified the FCTC in December 2004. The ITC Germany Project launched its first wave of surveys in 2007. Wave 2 was conducted in 2009 with a focus on evaluating stat-level smoke-free laws in pubs, bars, and restaurants.

Country Profile:

Capital City Berlin
Population (2007 estimate) 82,400,996
Life expectancy (2005 estimate) Men: 76 years, Women: 82 years
Healthy life expectancy (2005 estimate) Men: 70 years, Women: 74 years
Ethnic groups German 91.5%, Turkish 2.4%, other 6.1% (made up largely of Greek, Italian, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Coatian, Spanish)
GDP per capita (2005) $29,210
Median age (2007) 43 years
Literacy 99%

Smoking Prevalence and Related Costs:

  • 33.9% of males and 26.1% of females over the age of 15 smoke daily
  • Taxation accounted for 76% of the retail price of cigarettes in 2008

Smoking Policies:

  • National television and radio ban
  • As of September 1, 2007, smoking was banned in German Federal Buildings and all modes of public transport (buses, taxis, and airports)
  • Patchwork of state-level smoke-free policies in 16 States impemented from August  2007 to July 2008 under revision
  • Bavaria to ban smoking in clubs, bars, restaurants, cafes, and beer tents as of Aug. 1, 2010 (Oktoberfest as of 2011)

ITC Researchers:

Martina Pötschke-Langer, Principal Investigator
Ute Mons, Co-Investigator

Germany policy table

Germany National Report

Germany Technical Report  Wave 1  and 2

Germany Contact Information

Lorraine Craig, Project Manager. Email:

Ute Mons, Co-Investigator. Email:

ITC Affiliated Institutions:

Sources: WHO Website country profiles, WHO MPower Report (2008)

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