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28% of Filipinos 15 years up are smokers, NSO says

Manila (21 June) -- Twenty-eight percent or 17.3 million Filipino adults age 15 years and above are current tobacco smokers, a report at the NSO website shows.

The National Statistics Office report used the results of the 2009 Global Adult Tobacco Survey which showed that almost half or 48% which is equivalent to 14.6 Million of adult males and 9% or 2.8 Million of adult females are current smokers.

On the average, male daily smokers consume 11 cigarettes per day while female daily smokers consume 7 cigarettes per day.

Among adults who smoked 12 months before the survey, 48 % attempted to quit but only 5% successfully quit smoking.

More than one-third (37 percent) of adults who worked indoors or outdoors with an enclosed area at their workplace were exposed to tobacco smoke.

Among adults who used public transportation a month prior to the survey, more than half (55 percent) were exposed to second-hand smoke, while among those who visited government buildings or offices, more than one-third (37 percent) were exposed to second-hand smoke.

The Philippines 2009 GATS is a nationally representative household survey of the population 15 years of age and older. It was designed to collect information on respondents' background characteristics; patterns of tobacco use; former/past tobacco consumption; age of initiation of daily smoking; consumption of different tobacco products (cigarettes, pipes, cigars and other smoked tobacco); nicotine dependence; frequency of quit attempts; exposure to second-hand smoke; and knowledge about health effects of smoking among others.

The Survey was implemented by NSO with the funding provided by the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use. Survey data were collected electronically during personal interviews conducted from September 10 to October 12, 2009. (PIA 8) [top]

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