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95 Pc Pakistanis Believe Switching To Alternatives Can Help Quit Cigarettes



Around 95 percent Pakistanis believe switching to alternatives can help them to quit the harmful habit of smoking and 86 percent smokers who wanted to quit cigarettes were unsuccessful despite repeated attempts, reveals an opinion survey conducted in major cities across the country

ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 24th Nov, 2021 ) :Around 95 percent Pakistanis believe switching to alternatives can help them to quit the harmful habit of smoking and 86 percent smokers who wanted to quit cigarettes were unsuccessful despite repeated attempts, reveals an opinion survey conducted in major cities across the country.

At a ceremony held here, sharing details of the survey with media, Founder and CEO of Association for Smoking Alternatives Pakistan (ASAP), Mirza M. Abeer, believes the best option for smokers is to quit cigarette, but the majority of smokers who cannot quit the habit should at least move to safer alternatives.

The survey was commissioned by the ASAP and conducted by Foresight Research with over 600 smokers and users of alternatives to help understand consumer perceptions about cigarette alternatives in the country. The research was a component of ASAP’s anti-smoking campaign launched in early November to get one million Pakistanis to quit cigarettes.

“This would help a lot in reducing the number of smokers in the country,” he remarked.

The survey asked the participants about the reasons for quitting and all of them highlighted that better health is one of the Primary reasons for switching away from cigarettes, and 98 percent of the participants believed their health has improved as a result of switching cigarette.

The survey also covered the government‘s role, where 82 percent of participants believed the harm caused by cigarette smoking is a public health crisis in Pakistan, and 80 percent believed the use of alternatives to cigarette smoking can help reduce the number of smokers in the country.

About 89 percent of the participants were of the view that in order to help quit smoking, alternatives to cigarettes should be readily available to smokers in Pakistan. The survey also revealed that 86 percent indicated lack of awareness about the benefits of these alternatives as the major cause.

Some 89 percent of participants also understood that the government should encourage existing users who do not quit cigarettes to at least switch to safer alternatives.

ASAP dreams of a day that Pakistan government would implement similar policies and create space for smokers who are unable to quit.



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