Press release №2097
21.08.2018
NO SMOKING HERE!

IN BRIEF

  • 36% of Russians report a lower percentage of smokers over the recent four years
  • 49% do not see any changes
  • just 11% say they smoke more now
  • Half of smokers (53%) are eager to abandon the bad habit in the near future

Today most of Russians do not smoke. Half of smokers are willing to quit smoking in the near future.

MOSCOW, August 21, 2018. Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) presents the data of a survey devoted to anti-tobacco measures.

Based on VCIOM-Sputnik daily survey, over a year the share of smokers in Russia has almost stayed the same – about one-third of the population (30%; 32% in 2017). However, smoking intensity is extremely high: 18% of all respondents smoke at least one pack of cigarettes a day.  

Half of the surveyed smokers (53%) are eager to abandon smoking in the near future. This share is higher among those aged 25-34 (64%). A further 17% consider quitting smoking some time later. More than a quarter (28%) of those respondents who smoke are not willing to get rid of this bad habit; they are basically respondents aged 60 and over (46%).

Despite the fact that the opinion polls suggest a decline in the number of smokers in Russia (from 35% in 2014 to 30% in 2018), half of respondents (49%) gave negative answers when asked whether the number of smokers in Russia had decreased over four years. Thirty-six percent of respondents say the number of smokers has declined, whereas 11% oppose this stance. Those who point to the decrease are mainly respondents aged 45-59 (40%); the increase is mentioned by the 18-24-year-olds (20%).

The VCIOM-Sputnik survey was conducted on August 13, 2018. The survey involved 1,600 Russians aged 18 and over. The survey was telephone-based and was carried out using stratified dual-frame random sample based on a complete list of landline and mobile phone numbers operating in Russia. The data were weighted according to selection probability and social and demographic characteristics. The margin of error at a 95% confidence level does not exceed 2.5%. In addition to sampling error, minor changes in question wording and different circumstances arising during the fieldwork can introduce bias into the survey.

The 2009-2016 results are based on household surveys.

 

Do you smoke or not? If yes, how often? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  2009 2011 2013 2014 2015 2016 I.2017 V.2017 2018
One pack of cigarettes a day or more 21 21 24 20 22 17 19 20 18
Several cigarettes almost every day 16 13 14 12 9 12 10 9 9
Sometimes several cigarettes a day or a month 4 4 3 3 3 2 3 3 3
I quitted smoking and I have not smoked for a while   8 9 10 13 11 12 20 19 20
I never smoked 51 52 48 52 55 57 47 49 50
Don’t know 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0

 

Do you consider quitting smoking or not? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of those who smoke)
  Total respondents Aged 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-59 60 and over
I consider quitting smoking in the near future 53 46 64 58 48 41
I consider quitting smoking in the long term 17 43 13 15 17 12
I do not consider quitting smoking 28 9 21 26 33 46
Don’t know 2 2 2 1 2 1

 

In your opinion, do Russians smoke more or less now than four years ago?  (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  2017 2018
They smoke more now 10 11
They smoke less now 33 36
They smoke the same amount of tobacco as before 54 49
Don’t know 3 4

 

In your opinion, do Russians smoke more or less now than four years ago?  (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents) 2018
  Total respondents Aged 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-59 60 and over
They smoke more now 11 20 13 7 9 11
They smoke less now 36 26 33 36 40 37
They smoke the same amount of tobacco as before 49 53 52 54 47 43
Don’t know 4 1 2 3 4 9
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