The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 2.8 million Serbian citizens consume cigarettes, said the National Consumers’ Organization of Serbia (NOPS), whose research showed that as many as 60 percent of the research participants do not read the warnings on the packets.
The survey was done on a sample of 1,688 people, mostly aged between 21 and 40, also shows that 74 percent of them are active smokers.
Almost 2/3 of the respondents are women – 67.9%. Of the total number of respondents, 74% are active smokers, while 10.2% of them have switched to smoking heated tobacco products (IQOS) and less than 2% use electronic cigarettes, Tanjug news agency reported.
Tobacco smoking is a global problem, especially in Eastern European countries, because it seems that here cigarette consumption is part of the lifestyle of the majority of the population, NOPS has said. As many as 68.6 percent of respondents said they have been smoking for more than 10 years.
In terms of the warning of harmful ingredients in cigarettes and the health impact of tobacco products, 67 percent of respondents agreed that tobacco smoking has a negative effect on the health of nonsmokers. More than 40% of respondents do not think nicotine is the biggest problem for smokers. The survey showed that as many as 60% of respondents do not read the warnings on cigarette packets.
When asked if they think they can quit smoking at any time, as many as 7 out of 10 said “no”. Although 1,058 respondents (63%) said they are aware of the difference between conventional cigarettes and heated tobacco products, 60% think they are no less harmful than cigarettes.
Even more survey respondents (66%) believe that e-cigarettes are as harmful as conventional cigarettes. However, 29% of respondents believe that alternative tobacco products do not harm non-smokers, while almost the same percentage have no opinion on the matter.
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