Num­ber of smok­ers re­vealed

Azer News - - Front Page - By Sara Is­rafil­bay­ova

As many as 33.1 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion aged 15 years and over are smok­ers in Azer­bai­jan, the State Sta­tis­tics Com­mit­tee re­ports.

As many as 33.1 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion aged 15 years and over are smok­ers in Azer­bai­jan, the State Sta­tis­tics Com­mit­tee re­ports.

Ac­cord­ing to house­hold sur­veys in 2017, th­ese in­di­ca­tors are fully at­trib­uted to men (due to the very low num­ber of women smok­ers in the coun­try, their num­ber is not in­di­cated).

So, 0.1 per­cent of smok­ers are per­sons aged 15-19 years, 26.4 per­cent are 20-44 years, 50 per­cent are 45-64 years, and 36 per­cent are over 65 years old.

The Com­mit­tee re­ported that smok­ing women on av­er­age smoke three cig­a­rettes a day, men - 15.2 cig­a­rettes.

Smok­ing is com­mon through­out the world, and get­ting peo­ple out of to­bacco de­pen­dence to­day is be­com­ing a pri­or­ity for many states.

Smok­ing is rec­og­nized as a chronic disease and in­cluded in the "In­ter­na­tional Sta­tis­ti­cal Clas­si­fi­ca­tion of Dis­eases and Re­lated Health Prob­lems". There are more than 25 dis­eases that de­velop or their course wors­ens un­der the in­flu­ence of smok­ing.

Smok­ing is be­ing pro­hib­ited as it is de­creed that smok­ers’ habits are set­ting a bad ex­am­ple to oth­ers, par­tic­u­larly chil­dren. Such pro­hi­bi­tions al­ready ex­ist in such coun­tries as the U.S., Fin­land, Ukraine, Great Bri­tain, Scot­land, North­ern Ire­land, Ger­many, France, Bel­gium, Croa­tia, Greece, Tur­key, Kaza­khstan, Syria, Egypt, etc.

Azer­bai­jan, which also fights against smok­ing, adopted the Law “On Re­stric­tion of the Use of To­bacco Prod­ucts” on De­cem­ber 1, 2017.

In ac­cor­dance with the law, smok­ing is for­bid­den through­out the ter­ri­tory of var­i­ous ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, in ho­tels, health care fa­cil­i­ties, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ters, health re­sorts, so­cial fa­cil­i­ties, the­aters and cin­e­mas, at ex­hi­bi­tions, read­ing rooms, li­braries, mu­se­ums and other cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions, in un­der­ground and over­ground cross­ings, buses (in­clud­ing in­ter­city and in­ter­na­tional), taxis, metro, air, rail­way, sea and river trans­port, bus stops, rail­way sta­tions, river and sea ports, air­ports, el­e­va­tors, com­mon ar­eas of multi-apart­ment build­ings, in build­ings and en­ter­prises where flammable sub­stances are stored, on play­grounds, beaches, work­places of or­ga­ni­za­tions, en­ter­prises, of­fices, re­gard­less of or­ga­ni­za­tional and le­gal form and own­er­ship.

Al­lo­ca­tion of places for smok­ing will be trans­ferred to the dis­cre­tion of em­ploy­ers. In ad­di­tion, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties are given ad­di­tional pow­ers to take ac­tion against the use of to­bacco prod­ucts. They will take steps to re­strict the use of to­bacco prod­ucts.

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