Each month Latvian smokes more than one pack a day
For the last years there were no significant changes in smoking popularity in Latvia - at least once a month tobacco smoke have inhaled approximately 42 % of citizens has shown research made by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For four years that have passed from the time the last research was made, specific weight of regularly smoking Latvians has reduced by 1 %. To this group refer 35 % of inhabitants. From them 47 % smoke from 11 to 20 cigarettes a day, 44 % - from 1 to 10 cigarettes and 9 % - more than 20 cigarettes.
In turn at least one cigarette in their life has smoked 73 % of respondents.
As well as in 2007, newest research has also shown that smoking among men is more popular then among women. Regular smokers consider themselves 53 % of interrogated men while among women they are 18 %. The higher specific weight among female smokers is in age from 24 to 35. Among men this vicious habit is most spread in age group from 45 to 54 - here specific weight of regular smokers makes 64% and 8% more confess that from time to time they also smoke.
Researchers recognize that measures of restricting smoking taken in Latvia for the last years haven't given any result - to reduce popularity of this vicious habit were not able no excise tax increase, no smoking ban in public places, no separate campaigns directed against smoking.
International experts as well confess that increase of excise tax on tobacco products in major part of European countries hasn't given desired result.