World No Tobacco Day: 31% of Croatians are smokers

World No Tobacco Day is traditionally marked on May 31 with various public health campaigns, and a survey showed on Tuesday that 31% of Croatia's population are smokers.

According to a survey conducted in 2014 and 2015, 35.3% of Croatian men are smokers, as against  27.1% of women. About 20% of non-smokers are exposed to tobacco smoke in their homes and the most exposed are young people between the ages of 15 to 24,  the World Health Organisation says.

In the global fight against the epidemic of smoking, particular focus is placed on plain packaging as an important demand reduction measure which reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products.

Each year, WHO and partners organise World No Tobacco Day highlighting the risks associated with tobacco use and advocating effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. WHO reports that tobacco kills nearly six million people each year, of whom more than 600,000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke (passive smoking).

Last update: Tue, 31/05/2016 - 18:21
Author: 

Related

No Tobacco Day: Over 30 pct of Croats smoke

Croatia

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 15:49

More from Croatia

Stier for more active OSCE role in SE Europe

Attending the 23rd OSCE Ministerial Council in Hamburg on Thursday, Croatia's Foreign and European Affairs Minister...

Croatian President: Officials should refrain from commenting on Constitutional Court's work

Reacting to a statement by Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic that the Constitutional Court's judges were the biggest...

Kiowa Warrior military helicopters presented

Sixteen Kiowa Warrior military helicopters, procured as part of a project to equip the Croatian Armed Forces with...

EC requests Croatia to amend excise duty on ethyl alcohol

The European Commission on Thursday requested Croatia to amend the reduced excise duty rate for small producers of...

Ambassador Del Vechio says Bosnia's stability is Croatia's key interest

Croatia strongly supports the stability and integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina and it will do everything in its...