How much does the average smoker spend on cigarettes?
According to a recent survey, it’s RM180 a month!
PETALING JAYA (June 12, 2012): An average smoker in the country spends RM178.80 on cigarettes per month, according to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) 2011.
The findings involving adult respondents aged 15 years and above was tabled at the GATS Malaysia Conference 2011 here today.
Speaking to reporters after opening the conference, Director-General of Health Datuk Dr Hassan Abdul Rahman said the findings would be capitalised in drawing up the National Tobacco Control Action Plan in future.
He said the study showed that 87.1 per cent of smokers were aware of anti-smoking campaigns on television or radio while 45.8 per cent of smokers were thinking of quitting due to pictorial health warnings on tobacco packages.
Dr Hassan said 92.2 per cent of respondents believed that smoking could cause serious illness while 85.8 per cent believed that sniffing another person’s cigarette smoke would cause serious illness.
The survey involved cooperation between the Health Ministry, the World Health Organisation and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta.
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