Albania is one of the 5 countries with the most smokers in the world, with around 40% of the population consuming tobacco. The data published by 'Tobacco Atlas 'show that more than 1000 children - in the age range 10 to 15 years - consume tobacco regularly.
"Albania has made progress in tobacco control in recent years. However, people continue to die and get sick unnecessarily, and the costs to society of using tobacco continue to rise.
Albania can still do more to make tobacco control tools work for the well-being of its citizens.
Every year, in Albania, more than 4000 people lose their lives due to a disease caused by tobacco. Those who control tobacco must add other communities / resources to strengthen their efforts to create change."- we read in the card concerning the Country of the Eagles.
Even the Albanian Statistics Institute (INSTAT) in its report stated that tobacco consumption in the country has decreased by 7% in the last decade, the tobacco monitoring expert - Roland Shuperka - claims that these data are not accurate .
"Without hesitation I would say that they are not real numbers. The World Health Organization has conducted specific studies on tobacco. While the study that was carried out was done for many other problems."- said Roland Shuperka for Ora News.
Furthermore, Shuperka said that another big problem is cigarette smuggling, which is causing enormous economic damage.
Meanwhile, smoking is the leading cause of chronic lung diseases, which bring 4.000 people around the year due to complications. Smoking is not the same as lung cancer, but it is one of the main causes and risk factors.
The regular smokers are around 40% in males and 6% in females. In the 2013 parliament voted a law prohibiting the consumption of tobacco in public spaces and six years after its entry into force it can be seen that the derived results are positive.