Saturday, October 19, 2013
That's the question asked by Gallup Korea last month to Korean smokers. Right now tobacco prices are about 2500 to 3000 won a pack ($2.5 - $3), while 10,000 won is almost $10.
"What would you do if tobacco prices were raised to 10,000 won a pack?"
54% - I would quit
33% - I would still smoke
14% - Not sure / refused to answer
Other data from the survey: 52% of those surveyed (now not just smokers) approved of raising prices by 2000 won, 39% were opposed. 88% were in favour of banning smoking in large bars and restaurants, 10% were opposed.
43% of Korean males smoked, 4% of females, for 23% in total. Smokers smoked on average 18 cigarettes a day.