Laws effective on quit smoking campaign

quit smoking campaign

quit smoking campaign

Laws and regulations prohibiting or impeding attempts to smoke are perceived and recommended as effective measures by the majority of respondents, according to a recent survey conducted by Suan Dusit Poll of Rajabhat Suan Dusit University.

The opinion survey about the anti-smoking campaign was conducted among 1,324 people from 5 to 8 October 2009. Smokers on average will smoke 7-10 cigarettes a day. Top reasons for smoking range from stress, to experimentation, peer pressure and the need to express masculinity.

The main reasons people succeeded in kicking their smoking habits included personal intentions, apoor health, costliness of cigarettes, request of family members, stained teeth, and the increase in cigarette prices. The reason smokers continue smoking include the lack of determination to quit, no affect in rising cigarette prices, no complaints made by family members, no health problems and the need to socialize.

The most effective anti smoking measures voiced by respondents are smoking prohibition in public places, the ban on cigarette advertisement in all types of media, increasing tax, prohibition on selling to youth, and the printing of negative effects to health on cigarette packages respectively.

To support the quit smoking campaign, respondents suggested harsher punishment for violating anti smoking related laws, further restriction on smoking in public places, and higher tax imposition on cigarettes. Asked on anti smoking related laws, 13.74% of respondents indicated in the effectiveness of law enforcement, 34.33% opposed, while another 51.93% were unsure.