Few Poles quit smoking but 50 pct want to: survey

Commissioned by Poland’s state sanitary authority (GIS), a 2017 survey by Kantar Public pollster showed that only 6 percent of Polish men and the same percentage of Polish women successfully quit smoking, whereas Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) survey found that 50 percent of Poles intend to do away with smoking.

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Kantar’s survey, dating back to 2017 thus older than the GATS findings, found that as many as 77 percent of Poles who smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lives during the past 12 months did not attempt to quit smoking. Gender-based outcomes of the same question showed 79 percent of men and 73 percent of women did not attempt to quit.

The lowest success rate of smoke-quitting was noted among people who finished their education on the primary level, youth and individuals whose household income was the highest.

Kantar also found out that 25 percent of everyday smokers tried to quit but failed, and that 46 percent of irregular smokers also failed.

However, the survey showed that 17 percent of former regular smokers who took up smoking and then decided to quit succeeded in doing so, while the rest never tried to do away with smoking.

According to the State Sanitary Inspectorate (PIS), the risk of a heart attack drops by 50 percent only a year after a person quits smoking. Moreover, as many as 10 years are needed to lower the risk of developing lung cancer.

The PIS reported that every cigarette that a person consumes costs 11 minutes of that individual’s life. The PIS also wrote that smokers live 10 to 15 years shorter.

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Meanwhile, GATS data showed that 9 mln people in Poland are addicted to smoking. Moreover, GATS reported that 6,000 Polish women are stricken with lung cancer every year and the same number of them die of it annually. Furthermore, nearly 2,000 individuals in Poland die of passive smoking. Addiction to smoking usually happens at the age of 18-24, GATS reported.

Although Poland celebrates World No Tobacco Day on November 21, just like the US with its Great American Smokeout, the actual World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on 31 May. It was created by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1987.