People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- June 28, 2013
Smoking rates have decreased in Ukraine since the country introduced smoke free legislation six months ago, the Ukraine State Statistics Department has found.
Reported in a Regional Advocacy Centre “LIFE” press release, the department found that cigarette production during January to April 2013 was 91.2% of the same period in 2012. Cigarette sales during December 2012 to April 2013 also decreased by 2.5 billion cigarettes, or 10% from the same period the previous year.
The hospitality industry also gained from the legislation with Ukraine restaurants hitting record profitability in a similar period, according to a restaurant consulting company report. While the department also reported employment in the whole hospitality industry grew by 4.5% and the average salary grew by 14% during the first quarter of 2013.
Head of Ukraine’s Ministry of Health Tobacco Control Department Konstantin Krasovskii said that during the six months no restaurant or bar in Ukraine said that they had to close due to the smoking ban.
LIFE’s Andrii Skipalskyi said that Ukrainians are smoking less thanks to the legislation that was enacted 16 December 2012.
“The risk of passive smoking for Ukrainians, especially waiters and bartenders has also decreased and I think it is the best investment in the whole health care system,” Skipalskyi said.
“Smoke free laws save lives!”