People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
Smoking declines in Ukraine
Daily smoking prevalence has decreased for both men and women in Ukraine, according to a survey carried out in October.
Prevalence for men declined almost 3 percent (from 45% to 42%), and for women 2 percentage points (from 11 to 9%), found the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, working with “Advocacy Center LIFE”, an FCA member.
The results also show that the average maximum retail price, written on the packs of cigarettes increased from 8.95 Ukrainian Hryvnia in February 2013 to 12.21 UAH in October 2014.
It is widely accepted that increasing the price of cigarettes is the most effective way to decrease usage.
The survey also found:
- The amount of cigarettes with foreign labels, which might indicate illicit trade, has not changed: 5.4% (2014) compared to 5.6% (2013). “This means that the level of smuggling is relatively low and does not meet the claims of the tobacco corporations about increasing the smuggling into Ukraine,” according to “Advocacy Center LIFE”.
- “One of the urgent problems for Ukraine now is helping smokers to quit, which will certainly complement the important legislation in this sphere, adopted by the state in recent years”, said Tatiana Andreeva, an expert on public health and chief editor of the magazine Tobacco Control and Public Health in Eastern Europe.