Bulgaria’s smoking ban has no effects

Smoking ban in Bulgaria was brought in action on June 1 this year. However, in accordance with a survey of the National Centre for the Study of Public Opinion, the smoking ban in enclosed public places has not contributed to an essential decline in the number of smoking people.

Restaurant Smoking Ban

Smoking ban sign in the enclosed public place

More than 1000 adult people in 86 different cities and towns in Bulgaria participated in the survey. The survey was held between June 27 and July 3 and was intended to find put the effects of the smoking ban, which prohibits smoking in enclosed public places including restaurants and bars.

In accordance with the survey, only about 3% of polled participants said that they had quit smoking after the public smoking ban implementation. Most of those who gave up smoking were between the ages of 30 to 39.

74 % said that they were smoking before the introduction of ban. A fifth, mainly made up of people in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, responded that they had reduce the amount of smoke cigarettes since the ban on smoking in enclosed public places became operational.

79 % of smoking people said that they went to public places where outdoor spaces for smoking are available. 41 % said that when they go to a public place they smoke outdoors while 29 % responded that they preferred not to smoke in indoor premises, according to the survey that was quoted by local news agency Focus.

15 % of smoking population said that they are in favor of the new law.

Now, 34 % of adult Bulgarians are smokers, according to the poll. The heaviest smokers were men between the ages of 30 to 59 and members of Bulgaria’s Roma population.

46 % of the respondents said that they had “never” smoked a cigarette. These were mostly women and the elderly.

A fifth of those polled quitted smoking, mainly men and people between the ages of 40 to 49.

43 % of smokers said that they would quit smoking only in case when they could no longer afford buying cigarettes. These were mainly people between the ages of 30 to 39, people with low levels of education, residents of small towns and villages and poor people who were poor, according to the survey.

The price of a packet of 20 cigarettes in Bulgaria varies from about 4 to 5 leva (2 to 2.50 euro).

Nearly 37 % of respondents said that they would give up smoking if they had serious health problems.

17% said that a there won’t be a connection between smoking cessation and financial or health reasons.

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