While analyzing the data for tobacco users the following trends were identified:
The highest level of daily smoking is among people in the age between 25 and 39 years old. There’s a sustained decline of those who smoke occasionally or regularly over 40 years of age.
The Ministry of Health indicates to a rather wide prevalence of passive smoking among Belarusians – at public transport stops, work and study places and at parties. It’s permitted to smoke in bars, clubs, restaurants, hotels and most public spaces; at the legislative level smoking is prohibited only in sports, education, culture and health care structures.
The high level of smoking in Belarus is determined by the fact that in European countries, for example, effective measures to reduce tobacco consumption exist while in Belarus such policies and activities are still at their early stages. Also there’re widely available Western brand cigarettes that are much cheaper than in West.