Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
ROME

More than 10 million Italians are smokers, few able to quit

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Rome, May 31 - Fully 10.6 million Italians are
smokers and while about 13.4% say they began before they were
15, the average age of starting the habit is 17, says a survey
released Friday.
The Doxa research, conducted for Italy's National Institute
of Health, found that 12.2% of smokers say they would like to
kick the habit in the next six months.
The report comes on World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) which is
observed on May 31 and was established by the World Health
Organization.
The Italian survey also found about 92% of smokers who have
tried to quit, say they failed.
Packaged cigarettes also remain the most popular choice
although younger smokers are moving towards cheaper tobacco they
can roll themselves.
Meanwhile, almost two-thirds of Italians surveyed said they
favour expanding bans on smoking in sports stadiums.
The Doxa survey found that of the 60% in favour of
expanding smoking bans, only half of those were smokers.
But almost 80% said smoking should be banned in the
courtyards of schools and hospitals.
The survey found about 64% said smoking bans should be
extended to stadiums and bus stops, and about 60% favoured such
a ban in public gardens.
Among smokers, the support for bans drops to about 36% and
33% respectively.
It also found about 40% of families refuse to let smokers
under age 25 smoke in the house.

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