According to Stats SA only 7% of women and 36% of men still smoke

Wednesday 31 May is World No Tobacco Day 2017.

According to Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) only 7% of women and 36% of men still smoke.

Dr Noluthando Nomatswerani, Head of the Centre for Clinical Excellence at Discovery says there is progress in reducing the number of smokers in South Africa.

The reduction has been mainly driven by the regulations of smoking that have been introduced as well as imposed taxes.

She says in countries where governments have stepped up and intervened smoking has reduced drastically.

If you look at smokers, there is a huge association with alcohol intake, it's almost a social activity.

Dr Noluthando Nomatswerani, Head of the Centre for Clinical Excellence at Discovery

People usually start as social smokers.

Dr Noluthando Nomatswerani, Head of the Centre for Clinical Excellence at Discovery

Take a listen:

LISTEN: Peter Ucko, CEO of the Tobacco, Alcohol and Gambling Advisory Action Group says government can do more to curb smoking by introducing more tax

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