Almost half of Bulgarians are smokers.
Between 45.7 and 50.4% of young Bulgarians use tobacco products, said the Smoke Free Life Coalition, citing a survey by the BlueLink Foundation.
The survey is part of a Smoke Free Living Coalition project supported by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.
The study analyzed data collected in two nationally representative surveys conducted by Exacta Research Group in the 18-35 age group in September and December 2020.
The results show that a large majority of 70% of young people do not approve of tobacco use and support policies to limit it. Many see smoking as a huge problem that needs to be addressed with serious action.
Almost 58% of young people say the ban on smoking in indoor public places needs to be stricter and more effective, and agree that the state should not allow the tobacco industry to interfere in the development and the application of policies related to public health. Almost one in two thinks tobacco advertising should be banned. More than a third of young respondents said they would vote for a political force proposing policies to limit smoking among young people in Bulgaria.
Although relatively new to the market, heated tobacco products rank third among all used tobacco products in our country, ahead of hookahs. Almost a fifth of respondents believe that hookah and heated tobacco products are more harmless than cigarettes. Most often, young people start smoking before the age of 18.
Almost a fifth do so between the ages of 10 and 14. The share of those who buy cigarettes after 25 years is very low. Only a quarter of respondents say that there is no one around them who smokes in their presence, while 43.5% report that smokers around them at home or at work.
Willpower helped 85.2 percent of respondents to quit smoking, 3.7 percent did so with the help of friends and the percentage of those who used electronic cigarettes.
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