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Malaysia releases GATS results

Malaysia has released its Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) results, which highlight adult tobacco use, exposure to secondhand smoke and other tobacco control measures in the country.

While many countries conduct individual surveys to monitor adult tobacco use, the GATS survey provides a standard global survey for tracking tobacco use amongst adults (15 years and over) globally.

Highlights from GATS Malaysia are:

  • 43.9% of men, 1.0% of women and 23.1% overall (4.7 million) smoked tobacco.
  • Among those who have ever smoked on a daily basis, 9.5% have quit smoking.
  • 14.3% of smokers planned to or were thinking about quitting within the next 12 months.
  • Four in 10 people who work indoors (2.3 million) were exposed to tobacco smoke at the workplace.
  • Seven in 10 people (8.6 million) were exposed to tobacco smoke when visiting restaurants.
  • 83.5% believed that smoking should be prohibited indoors at restaurants.
  • 35.6% reported noticing cigarette marketing (advertising and/or promotions).
  • Seven in 10 people favoured increasing taxes on tobacco products.

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Malaysia is one of six countries to participate in the second phase of GATS implementation. Other countries that participated in this phase were Argentina, Indonesia, Malaysia, Panama and Thailand.

From 2008-2010 Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Russian Federation, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay and Vietnam were the countries to participate in the first phase of GATS.

Funding for GATS is provided by the Bloomberg Philanthropies as part of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use (partners include the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, CDC, CDC Foundation, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, WHO, and the World Lung Foundation). Technical assistance is provided by CDC, WHO, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and RTI International. Program support is provided by the CDC Foundation.

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