World No Tobacco Day 2012

World No Tobacco Day 2012: EU-wide survey shows that a majority of EU citizens supports stronger tobacco control measures

On the eve of World No Tobacco Day, the European Commission has published an EU study on attitudes towards tobacco. On average, 60% of citizens support measures to make tobacco less visible and attractive, such as keeping tobacco products out of sight in shops or curbing the use of attractive flavours and colours. At the same time, other figures give cause for concern: 28% of EU citizens aged 15 and over smoke, and 70% of the smokers and ex-smokers took up the habit before the age of 18.

Findings from the EU survey on attitudes of Europeans towards tobacco include:
– The number of cigarettes smoked on a daily basis is 14.2, which represents a slight decrease from the previous (2009) survey (14.4 cigarettes/day)
– Half of the EU population has never smoked : the prevalence has not evolved in the past three years
– 61% of current smokers have already tried to quit smoking, including 1 in 5 in the year prior to the survey
– Although there has been a 17% fall in the proportion of people exposed to tobacco smoke in restaurants and bars, 14% of EU citizens still reported that they were exposed to smoking in restaurants and 28% inside caf├ęs and bars in the last 6 months.
– 73% of EU citizens are in favour of introducing security features to curb illicit trade of cigarettes, even if it makes them more expensive.
– 33% of smokers and ex-smokers in the EU say health warnings on tobacco packs have/have had an impact on their attitudes and behaviour towards smoking.

For more information:
Eurobarometer: http://ec.europa.eu/health/tobacco/docs/eurobaro_attitudes_towards_tobacco_2012_en.pdf
Tobacco policy website: http://ec.europa.eu/health/tobacco/policy/index_en.htm
Ex-smokers are unstoppable campaign:http://www.exsmokers.eu