Global State of Smoking Poll 2019 - Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

Global State of Smoking Poll 2019

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The Global State of Smoking Poll 2019 was conducted as a follow-up to the initial 2017 poll. It features an extensive evaluation of current smoking behaviors and use of alternative nicotine products, as well as beliefs and perceptions regarding the harmfulness and addictiveness of various nicotine products. The surveyed countries were selected to capture regions that vary with respect to smoking prevalence and smoking habits. The resulting data reflects the attitudes and habits of people from diverse cultural, socio-economic, and tobacco-regulatory environments.

The 2019 survey was conducted in seven countries—six fewer countries than the 2017 poll—but captures more participants per country, evaluating 54,341 adults in total. The target population was current and former tobacco consumers and vapers, as well as dual- and polyproduct users. A series of focus group discussions and in-depth interviews were conducted in each country to help develop the questionnaire content. The quantitative survey was administered following the qualitative portion of the research.

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Key Takeaways

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Percentage of respondents who answered
YES when asked
if tobacco-related cancer
is primarily caused by nicotine:

*Asked among all respondents

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Percentage of respondents who answered that
they believe
smokeless tobacco is equally
or more harmful than combustible tobacco:

*Asked among current tobacco product users aware of smokeless tobacco products who reported not using any kind of smokeless tobacco product.

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Percentage of respondents who answered that
they believe
e-cigarettes are equally or
more harmful than combustible tobacco:

*Asked among current tobacco product users aware of e-cigarettes who were not using e-cigarettes.

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Percentage of respondents
who answered YES when asked

are you planning to quit smoking?

*Asked among current product users

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Percentage of respondents who answered YES when asked in the past, have you ever made a serious attempt to quit smoking?

*Asked among current product users

We asked current combustible product users who tried quitting:
How did you try to quit?

We asked ex-combustible users:
How did you quit?

2019 GLOBAL POLL