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ThaiHealth poll reveals number of smokers and drinkers in decline

The Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth) has found that the number of smokers and drinkers in Thailand declined over a period of five years since 2009.

drinkers and smokersThaiHealth Chairman Admiral Narong Pipattanasai revealed that the number of smokers polled between 2009 and 2014 declined by 4 percent. In the latest health behavior survey of more than 19,000 people across 21 provinces, 16 percent of respondents were smokers. In the previous survey, which took place in 2009, smokers constituted 20 percent of respondents.

Alcohol consumption also decreased from 7 percent to 3 percent over the same period. The proportion of respondents that exercise regularly remained the same at 80 percent.

The latest survey also found that 26 percent of respondents consumed 400 grams of vegetables and fruits on a daily basis. However, more people were found to be suffering from obesity, diabetes and hypertension.

Admiral Narong said that ThaiHealth will take steps to encourage people to exercise regularly, in order to have a healthy and disease-free lifestyle.

NNT

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