Ex-smokers outnumber smokers in Japan

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Do you want to quit smoking? graph of japanese statisticsgoo Research recently released the results of a survey into smoking and health, a survey that was conducted last December.

Demographics

Between the 10th and 13th of December 2010 2,152 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 50.3% of the sample were male, 19.6% in their twenties, 19.9% in their thirties, 20.0% in their forties, 20.0% in their fifties, and 20.4% aged sixty or older.

About the only good news to come from the recent disaster is that many tobacco growers and factories have been knocked out, so a good number of brands are no longer available, and others are on short supply; indeed today I noticed in a convenience store that although the signs requesting people limit themselves to purchasing two bottles of water had disappeared, there was now a sign for only one packet of cigarettes per person.

Research results

Q1: Do you smoke? (Sample size=2,152)

 SmokerEx-smokerNever smoked
All19.8% (to SQ1)22.3% (to SQ2)57.9%
Men, twenties
N=209
23.0%10.5%66.5%
Men, thirties
N=212
26.4%25.9%47.6%
Men, forties
N=216
28.2%37.0%34.7%
Men, fifties
N=214
30.8%36.0%33.2%
Men, sixty plus
N=218
24.8%39.9%35.3%
Women, twenties
N=213
9.9%12.2%77.9%
Women, thirties
N=216
15.7%20.4%63.9%
Women, forties
N=215
19.5%15.3%65.1%
Women, fifties
N=217
13.8%13.8%72.4%
Women, sixty plus
N=222
6.8%11.3%82.0%

Q1SQ1: Do you want to quit smoking? (Sample size=427)

 Want to quitPerhaps want toCan’t sayPerhaps don’t want toDon’t want to quit
All24.8%33.7%25.5%7.7%8.2%
Men, twenties
N=48
29.2%29.2%31.3%6.3%4.2%
Men, thirties
N=56
21.4%33.9%28.6%5.4%10.7%
Men, forties
N=61
19.7%29.5%27.9%13.1%9.8%
Men, fifties
N=66
16.7%42.4%22.7%10.6%7.6%
Men, sixty plus
N=54
27.8%29.6%22.2%9.3%11.0%
Women, twenties
N=21
23.8%33.3%28.6%4.8%9.5%
Women, thirties
N=34
35.3%38.2%14.7%5.9%5.9%
Women, forties
N=42
26.2%35.7%28.6%4.8%4.8%
Women, fifties
N=30
30.0%33.3%26.7%3.3%6.7%
Women, sixty plus
N=15
33.3%26.7%20.0%6.7%13.3%

When the 250 people who said they wanted to or perhaps wanted to quit smoking were asked why, 46.4% said because it cost too much, another 46.4% said because it was bad for health, and the remaining 7.2% were split between because their lifestyle had changed, because society looked down on smokers, because they got sick or injured, because friends or family recommended, and a minor fraction had other reasons or just none in particular.

Q1SQ2: When did you smoking? (Sample size=479)

Stopped smoking before the 1st October 2010 price rise94.4%
Continued smoking after the 1st October 2010 price rise, but stopped now5.6%

Q2: Are you aware that tobacco is not good for your health? (Sample size=2,152)

 AwareSomewhat awareCan’t sayNot really awareUnaware
All70.7%19.0%4.3%3.7%2.3%
Smokers
N=427
43.8%37.5%8.2%6.1%4.4%
Ex-smokers
N=479
64.7%21.5%5.2%5.0%3.5%
Never smoked
N=1,246
82.3%11.6%2.6%2.3%1.1%

Q3A: Do you normally pay attention to your own health? (Sample size=2,152)

 Pay lots of attentionPay some attentionCan’t sayPay little attentionPay none at all
All22.3%56.6%12.7%6.9%1.4%
Smokers
N=427
14.1%54.8%18.3%10.3%2.6%
Ex-smokers
N=479
24.2%53.7%12.7%7.1%2.3%
Never smoked
N=1,246
24.4%58.4%10.8%5.6%0.7%

The following tabulates desire to quit versus paying attention to health, for smokers only.

Q3B: Do you normally pay attention to your own health? (Sample size=427, current smokers)

 Pay lots of attentionPay some attentionCan’t sayPay little attentionPay none at all
Smokers
N=427
14.1%54.8%18.3%10.3%2.6%
Want to quit
N=106
29.2%55.7%6.6%7.5%0.9%
Perhaps want to
N=144
9.7%60.4%22.9%6.3%0.7%
Can’t say
N=109
4.6%51.4%27.5%11.9%4.6%
Perhaps don’t want to
N=33
15.2%60.6%12.1%12.1%0.0%
Don’t want to quit
N=35
14.3%34.3%11.4%28.6%11.4%
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1 Comment »

  1. Steven said,
    April 25, 2011 @ 12:24

    I think Q2 is the most interesting to me. It suggest that 10% of Japanese smokers “aren’t really aware” that smoking is bad for you. Another 8% say they “can’t say either way”. That is nearly 1 in 5 smokers who don’t really know the dangers of smoking… I can’t imagine that people who said they “weren’t are” were being sincere.

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