Smoking and its consequences cause multi-million losses to Armenian economy

Smoking and its consequences cause multi-million losses to Armenian economy

YEREVAN, October 12. /ARKA/. Smoking and its consequences cause multi-million losses to the Armenian economy, the head of the Institute of Children and Adolescent Health Sergey Sargsyan, said to a news conference.

"Research around the world has shown that health care spending in countries with a large number of smokers is 10-15% higher. In Armenia, more than 52% of adult men and 2% of women smoke, while the government spending on health is $400-500 million.  Calculations show that due to this harmful habit Armenia loses tens of millions of dollars," Sargsyan said.

Sargsyan also cited the results of a study conducted by the Institute of Children and Adolescents Health at the Arabkir Medical Center to find out the number of smokers among minors.

"We have been conducting research in this field since 2015. The last study, conducted in all regions of the country, showed that 18% of young men at least once tried to smoke. Some 4% of them became permanent smokers .In comparison with the previous study, there is a positive trend, because earlier figures were 30% and 8%, respectively," Sargsyan said.

According to him, among the girls the number of smokers is 1-2%. There is a feeling that the girls who tried to smoke in their youth once never give up this habit.

According to WHO forecasts, a strict tobacco control policy in Armenia may cut the number of smokers by 42% in  next five years and by another 63% in the following 40 years to prevent 187 thousand premature deaths. -0-

17:02 12.10.2017





 

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