Bangkok Poll has released survey results on Thai smokers to coincide with the World No Tobacco Day, which falls on May 31 of every year. The majority of the respondents admit to wanting to quit.
On the occasion of this year’s World No Tobacco Day, the survey was conducted on 1,076 smokers or those with affiliation to smokers in Bangkok and its vicinities. According to the poll, over 85 percent of the respondents said they had contemplated quitting smoking before. Out of this group, around 53.8 percent wished to give up smoking for the sake of their own health while another 31.5 percent prioritized the health of their loved ones. 14.7 percent stated they have no plans to kick the habit.
When asked about their reason for not quitting smoking, over 30 percent of the smokers said they are not mentally strong enough while 17 percent cited stress as a major factor.
Regarding their view on the effects of secondhand smoking on other members of society, 85.2 percent of the respondents said they would usually opt to smoke in non-public areas while 8.5 percent claimed that others should keep a distance if they disapprove of the habit.
The poll results also stated that only 19.2 percent of all smokers surveyed believed the government’s anti-tobacco campaigns, such as print ads, celebrity endorsements and higher cigarette taxes, can effectively help curb the number of smokers in the capital, whereas an overwhelming 73.9 percent disagreed.