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(2004-2016) 10% increase in the proportion of Pakistanis who are aware that smoking causes fatal diseases.

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According to a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2004 (12 years ago) respondents were asked, “Some people say that smoking causes fatal diseases such as heart attack, cancer etc, while others oppose this. What is your opinion in this regard?” To this, 75% said this is absolutely right, 13% said somewhat right, 11% said absolutely not right. 1% did not respond.         

Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2016 to enable a concrete comparison. In 2016, 77% said this is absolutely right, 21% said somewhat right and 2% said absolutely not right.

According to public opinion, there has been a 2% increase in the proportion of Pakistanis who absolutely agree that smoking causes fatal diseases, an 8% increase in the proportion of Pakistanis who somewhat agree that smoking causes fatal diseases and a 9% decrease in the proportion of Pakistanis who absolutely disagree that smoking causes fatal diseases.

This press release has been made as part of the Gallup Pakistan History Project which aims to release historical empirical polling data to wider audiences. The objective is to sustain and encourage empirical decision making in Pakistan.

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