Russians Smoke in No-Smoking Areas

Russian Smoker

All-Russia Public Opinion Study Center revealed data which demonstrates that in Russia there was not reduced number of smokers since the country introduced strict anti-smoking laws.

One third of total population still uses cigarettes on the regular basis — it is 34% compared to 35% in 2014.

The number of smoking men is two times higher than women (51% and 19% respectively). In the survey participated 1,600 people from 130 populated localities in 46 regions of Russia in the period May 23 — May 24.

22% of surveyed people confessed they use a pack of cigarettes on the daily basis and some told they even smoke more. 9% told they smoke 2 or 3 cigarettes daily. 3% smoke no more than one cigarette a week or a month.

66% of Russian people said they do not use tobacco at all, and among them 55% never tried a cigarette and 11% already managed to quit the habit. 81% of non-smokers are females.

54% of surveyed confessed that their smoking habits remain the same as a year ago. 29% told they were smoking less and 16% increased number of cigarettes they usually smoke.

The increased number of smokers does not break the existing smoke-free law.

Number of people smoking only in designated zones has increased from 34% in 2014 to 42% in 2015. 14% did not change their behaviors because they never smoked in prohibited zones.

One third confessed that they do violate the no-smoking law. 20% smoke in prohibited zones so that no one could see them and 15% smoke where they want and pay fines.

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