Global tobacco use remains high

According to the findings of Global Adult Tobacco Survey, almost 50 percent of men in the entire world use tobacco in any form.

However, the survey showed that only 11 percent of women consume tobacco.

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The results as well point out that today women are taking up smoking at a younger age than ever before.

This, say The authors say that this fact emphasizes the need to reduce low smoking rates among women, to discourage smoking initiation among rising generation, and to augment smoking cessation rates in all smokers.

The study, in which three billion people aged at least 18 years and from 14 low- and middle-income countries took part, said that smoking is the commonest form of tobacco use.

In fact, 40.7 percent of men and 5.0 percent of women, who participated in the study, said that smoking was their primary method of tobacco use.

These results underline the need to strength pro-tobacco forces throughout the world.

The authors explain that cigarettes are technologically aimed to mask harshness, provide special taste sensations, and enhance nicotine delivery.

They added that cigarette makers that produce these cigarettes apply numerous marketing and other techniques in the entire world to augment and uphold tobacco use.

The researches, analyzing smoking initiation among the group, revealed that younger women at the age of 25‑34 years were found to take up smoking at an earlier age than older women aged 55‑64 years, at 18.0 and 23.6 years, respectively.

Contrastingly, the average age of smoking initiation remained at around 18.5 years among men of all ages.

The countries that were examined in Global Adult Tobacco Survey were Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, and Vietnam.

China is rated as the country with the highest number of tobacco users (301 million people).

Smoking cessation rates were lowest (<20%) in China, India, Egypt, and Russia, and highest in the UK and USA.

Editorialists Jeffrey Koplan and Judith Mackay said that although the GATS results emphasize a need for action, moving these results into useful policies is likely to be challenging.

They explained that some policy makers have the scientific data to estimate the validity and quality of even the high quality results of GATS. Governments might as well reason that scientific proof is only one aspect of designing policy.

Two additional stages of the Global Adult Tobacco Survey, where will participate more countries, are currently in development.

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