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Thailand Country Report on Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bans

  • Author(s): Chitanondh, Hathai
  • World Health Organization
  • et al.
Abstract

Thailand Country Report on Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bans

Introduction

Countrywide household surveys by the National Statistical Office have been the main source of information support for tobacco control in Thailand. The first, second and third surveys were carried out in 1976, 1981 and 1986 (five year intervals). Thereafter the surveys were carried out every two years.

For the past two decades, the total number of smokers has risen, presumably as a result of the rise in population, from 9 676 700 in 1981 to 10 551 300 in 2001. Smoking prevalence declined from 35.2% in 1981 to 22.5% in 2001. Male and female smoking rates fell in this period from 63.19% to 42.92%, and from 5.39% to 2.36% respectively. Annual adult per capita cigarette consumption has also been decreasing, from 1087 in 1995 to 798 in 2000.

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