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.