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24 Pct of people over 15 are habitual smokers in Cuba

24 Pct of people over 15 are habitual smokers in Cuba
Published August 16, 2014 EFE

Some 24 percent of people over 15 years old are habitual smokers in Cuba
and half the population is exposed to tobacco smoke at home, at work or
in public places, official Cuban media reported.

Among women, the percentage of smokers is around 16 percent, while among
men it jumps to 31 percent, the coordinator of the working group on lung
cancer at the Public Ministry, Patricia Varona, told the official
AIN news agency.

Those figures are the result of the ministry’s third survey about cancer
risk factors, for which 9 million Cubans were consulted and which breaks
down the statistics by sex, age, skin color, educational level and

The part of the population between ages 40 and 50 was shown to have the
most habitual smokers and the average age for beginning to use tobacco
is at 17, while the gap between the number of male and female smokers is
much less at that age.

According to the study, 17 percent of teenagers between 13 and 15 smoke.

By educational level, students are those who consume the
least tobacco.

The expert consulted by the Cuban news agency recalled that the
smoking-provoked illnesses, lung cancer and ischemic cardiomyopathy,
take the lives of some 1,500 Cubans every year.

Varona warned that smoking is responsible for more than 80 percent of
the cases of lung cancer. EFE

Source: 24 Pct of people over 15 are habitual smokers in Cuba | Fox News
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