July 16, 2015 09:59
After a massive cigarette price hike in January, the smoking rate among men has gone down about six percentage points, according to a survey published Wednesday.
The smoking rate for adult men stood at 35 percent, according to the survey of 2,544 men and women by the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the end of May.
That was down from 42.1 percent in a similar survey in 2013.
Some 5.8 percent said they quit smoking over the past year. Three out of every five smokers or 62.3 percent said they decided to quit because cigarette prices went up.
Forty-something men were the most affected by the price hike. Three in every four smokers or 73.9 percent in their 40s said they decided to stop.
Two out of five current smokers or 42.9 percent said they tried to quit smoking because of the price hike. Some 23.5 percent said they smoke less.
Vapers made up 5.1 percent of all smokers.
Anti-smoking campaigner Seo Heung-gwan said, "It's possible that the smoking rate will go up again in the second half of the year, when New Year's resolutions fade away. The actual decrease of the smoking rate could be lower than six percent."
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