Increasing number of Poles shun cigarettes and alcohol
PR dla Zagranicy
The longtime guilty pleasures of smoking and drinking alcohol have consistently been dropping in popularity in Poland in recent years, a Central Statistical Office (GUS) study shows.
According to the study, the overall rate of smokers in Poland has fallen by three percentage points between 2009 and 2014, to reach 26 percent.
One in three adult men smoke on a daily basis, compared to 17 percent of women, with the highest number of Poles giving in to the harmful habit found among 50-year-olds. The record holder inhales smoke from 60 cigarettes each day.
The number of Poles consuming alcohol has also gone down by 2 percentage points, with the consumption rate among women falling from 66 to 63 percent since 2009, and from 85 to 83 percent in the case of males. Respondents aged between 30 and 49 comprised the largest group of the drinking population, most of whom were men.
One in three of those questioned declared they abstained from hard liquor altogether.
The probe, carried out as part of the European Health Interview Survey (EHIS), was conducted on a sample of nearly 29,000 Poles between September and December 2014. (aba/rk)