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Russia the Country of Heavy Smokers
9.11.2010 17:43
Russia  the Country of Heavy Smokers

According to World Health Organization, Russians are the heaviest smokers in the world. Such a conclusion was made on the basis of polls, in which adult Russians have participated. About 43.9 million adult Russians smoke, and even sadder fact is that the majority of smokers are between 19 and 44 years of age. In this age group 7 males out of 10 and 4 females out of 10 smoke. Russian health experts and World Health Organization currently work on stopping tobacco pandemics. Among possible solutions there is increasing excise taxes on tobacco up to 70%, which is expected to save 2.7 million lives. This increase is also expected to add 125-153 billion rubles to Russia’s annual budget. According to Independent Media, most Russian support the ban for smoking in public places. Moreover, 60% of smokers wish to quit, but 90% of them confessed that they have already tried to quit, but failed. Every year 330-400 thousand Russians die of diseases, caused by tobacco and smoking. Source:

Author: Anna Kizilova

Tags: Smoking in Russia     

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