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The smoking rate among adult men has fallen below 40% in recent years, while for women it is below 15%. The law prohibits purchase and smoking of cigarettes to persons under the age of twenty. Cigarettes can be bought in tobacco stores, convenience stores and at vending machines, although purchase from the latter is only possible with a so called TASPO card, which verifies the holder's age.

While non-smoking areas have been expanding at a quick pace in recent years, there are still quite a few public areas and restaurants, including many fast food and family restaurants, where smoking is permitted. On the other hand, smoking has been banned from almost all trains, and smoking is prohibited on the streets of many busy city centers.

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