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Polish survey finds more than 30 percent smoke

Posted On Tue, September 28, 2010

The health problems that can arise from smoking and tobacco use have become common knowledge thanks to the outreach efforts of countless organizations. However, a large number of people continue to pick up the habit.

According to data from Poland's Global Adult Tobacco Survey, more than 30 percent of the population smokes. However, almost 65 percent of adults would like to see smoking banned at work and in restaurants.

Several other countries including Brazil, Mexico, and Russia took part in GATS. Participating nations will use the survey findings to create new programs.

New initiatives can help save a number of lives. Worldwide, smoking is the most common preventable cause of death. The National Cancer Institute estimates that more than 157,000 Americans will die from lung cancer this year.

Smoking has been associated with a number of other deadly conditions including cardiac diseases. Those who engage in the habit are likely to pay higher health and life insurance premiums as a result. A number of health benefits, however, can be felt shortly after a person quits smoking.

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