Fewer smoke but the health bill stays high

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A Cambodian man smoking his cigarette. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The number of smokers in Cambodia has fallen in ten years to 1.68 million, but health officials say people still spend a lot of money treating tobacco-related illnesses.

The Health Ministry’s national centre for health promotion held a ceremony today to mark 2018 World No Tobacco Day.

The ministry said the country’s smokers spent $ 201.5 million per year on cigarettes.

Another $162.7 million per year went towards treating tobacco-related illnesses. In addition, about 60 percent of non-smokers were unintentionally exposed to second-hand smoke at work and in public places.
The ministry found that the use of tobacco products had declined.

A nationwide survey by the National Institute of Statistics every five years on the use of tobacco among people aged 18 and over showed that tobacco use had fallen in the last ten years.

The figure was down by 13.68 percentage points, from 48.98 percent to 35.3 percent, for men and by 8.93 percent for women, a drop from 20.53 percent to 11.6 percent.

Ung Phyrun, secretary of state at the ministry, said tobacco caused heart disease and strokes.

Full story on Friday’s paper

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