Adult Tobacco Consumption in Serbia, 2019 (2020)

Adult Tobacco Consumption - Serbia, 2019

This study presents results from the Survey on Tobacco Consumption in Southeastern European countries (STC-SEE) conducted in Serbia in 2019. The survey was conducted in six SEE countries between September and October of 2019 on individuals aged between 18 and 85 as a part of the project “Accelerating Progress on Effective Tobacco Tax Policies in Low- and Middle-Income Countries” funded by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) Institute for Health Research and Policy.

Consumption of tobacco products in Serbia is widespread, especially of manufactured cigarettes. Smoking prevalence has been decreasing over the years, but it is still high at 37.3 percent according to the latest official reports (Institute of Public Health of Serbia Batut, 2018). Smokers in Serbia do not easily quit, since only 12.6 percent have successfully quit (Institute of Public Health of Serbia Batut, 2018). The Law on the Protection of the Population from Exposure to Tobacco Smoke (Government of Serbia, 2010) was adopted in 2010; however, evidence shows that its effects have been rather limited (Kosic et al., 2017). According to the latest Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) report for Serbia, smoking prevalence among youth aged 13 to 15 is 16.2 percent, with 16.5 percent of boys and 15.9 percent of girls smoking (Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia/Institute of Public Health of Serbia Batut, 2018). The most concerning fact from GYTS is the ease of access to tobacco products for youth, even though the Law on Tobacco (Government of Serbia, 2005) prohibits the sale of tobacco products to minors.

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