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Smoking in Georgia

There has been a downwards year by year trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Georgia. In 2000 the prevalence in the general population was 32%; this decreased to 28% in 2015 and is projected to reduce to around 26% by 2025. Nearly all of the decrease has been driven by men's smoking, which decreased from 62% in 2000 to 55% in 2015, and is projected to reduce further to around 50% by 2025. Women's current smoking dropped from 6% in 2000 to 5% in 2015, and is not projected to decrease much more by 2025. The WHO published prevalence trend estimates in tobacco smoking, as shown here, in their 2018 2nd edition report, which show slightly different smoking prevalence to the WHO country profiles. Data for the estimates are not age standardised, and were obtained from WHO databases. The trend lines are projections, not predictions, of future attainment. A projection indicates a likely endpoint if the country maintains its tobacco control efforts at the same level that it has implemented them to date. Therefore the impact of recent interventions could alter the expected endpoint shown in the projection. While the methods of estimation used in the first and second editions of the WHO report are the same, the volume of data available for the second edition is larger i.e. 200 more national surveys. The results presented are therefore more robust.

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July 04, 2023 by

Harm Reduction in Georgia

If you have been following harm reduction globally, you might have noticed that developing countries often struggle with both factors – high smoking rates and a lack of sensible harm reduction approaches or policies.

This is true for many countries, and Georgia is not an exception. According to the Healthy Initiatives (an NGO) survey conducted in 2022, 26.4% of the adult population smokes conventional cigarettes in Georgia, and sadly, 51% do not even consider quitting. Only 2.8% of smokers quit through safer alternative nicotine products.