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Risk: Tobacco Use

The average age of initiation to smoking is around 17 years in both sexes.

About one fifth of the population smoke and the prevalence is much higher among men than among women. The average age of initiation to smoking is around 17 years in both sexes, and manufactured cigarettes are the preferred form of tobacco use. The average number of cigarettes smoked per day was 11.5 cigarettes. In 2004, tobacco was attributable to 7% of all NCD deaths – 9% of deaths due to ischemic heart disease, 61% of deaths due to lung cancer.

Regarding smoking and youth, while Figure 6 shows that the prevalence of smoking cigarettes among students has decreased steadily over the period 2000 – 2011, there is no room for complacency. The 2011 GYTS showed that 30% of students in Forms 1 to 4 had smoked a cigarette at least once in their lives and 18% were current smokers. The use of tobacco products other than cigarettes had increased from 4.8% in 2000 to 12% in 2011.