Sunday, August 17, 2014

Cuba: 24% of Cubans over 15 are Habitual Smokers, 50% Suffer from 2nd-Hand Smoke

According to The Latin American Tribune, some 24% of Cubans over 15 years of age are habitual smokers in Cuba and half the population is exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke at home, at work or in public places, official Cuban media reported.

As of 2012, the Cuban population is roughly 11 million+. 

According to The Latin American Tribune, some 24% of Cubans over 15 years of age are habitual smokers in Cuba and half the population (5.5 million) 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%, while among men it jumps to 31%, the coordinator of the working group on lung cancer at the Public Health Ministry, Patricia Varona, told the official AIN news agency.

Those figures are the result of the Health 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 profession.

COMMENT: 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.

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 annually.

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

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

Those figures are the result of the Health 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 profession.

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% of teenagers between 13 and 15 smoke.

By educational level, university students are those who consume the least amount of 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 annually.


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