95 Pakistanis think switching to alternatives can help quit smoking

About 95% of Pakistanis believe switching to alternatives can help them quit smoking, and 86% of smokers who wanted to quit were unsuccessful despite repeated attempts, a public opinion survey conducted in major cities in the country found. country

ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – November 24, 2021): Around 95% of Pakistanis believe switching to alternatives can help them quit smoking and 86% of smokers who wanted to quit have failed despite repeated attempts, reveals an opinion poll conducted in major cities across the country.

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

The survey was commissioned by ASAP and conducted by Foresight Research among more than 600 smokers and alternative users to help understand consumer perceptions of alternatives to smoking in the country. The research was part of ASAP’s anti-smoking campaign launched in early November to get one million Pakistanis to quit smoking.

“It would help a lot to reduce the number of smokers in the country,” he noted.

The survey asked participants about reasons to quit smoking and all pointed out that better health is one of the main reasons to quit smoking, and 98% of participants thought their health had improved. following the change of cigarette.

The survey also covered the role of government, where 82 percent of participants believed the damage from smoking was a public health crisis in Pakistan, and 80 percent believed that using alternatives to smoking could help. to reduce the number of smokers in the country.

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

Some 89 percent of participants also understood that the government should encourage existing users who don’t quit smoking to at least switch to safer alternatives.

ASAP dreams of a day when the Pakistani government implements similar policies and creates a space for smokers unable to quit.

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