Changes in smoking prevalence in 8 countries of the former Soviet Union between 2001 and 2010

Am J Public Health. 2012 Jul;102(7):1320-8. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300547. Epub 2012 May 17.


Objectives: We sought to present new data on smoking prevalence in 8 countries, analyze prevalence changes between 2001 and 2010, and examine trend variance by age, location, education level, and household economic status.

Methods: We conducted cross-sectional household surveys in 2010 in Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine. We compared smoking prevalence with a related 2001 study for the different countries and population subgroups, and also calculated the adjusted prevalence rate ratios of smoking.

Results: All-age 2010 smoking prevalence among men ranged from 39% (Moldova) to 59% (Armenia), and among women from 2% (Armenia) to 16% (Russia). There was a significantly lower smoking prevalence among men in 2010 compared with 2001 in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia, but not for women in any country. For all countries combined, there was a significantly lower smoking prevalence in 2010 than in 2001 for men aged 18 to 39 years and men with a good or average economic situation.

Conclusions: Smoking prevalence appears to have stabilized and may be declining in younger groups, but remains extremely high among men, especially those in lower socioeconomic groups.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Armenia / epidemiology
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Georgia (Republic) / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Kazakhstan / epidemiology
  • Kyrgyzstan / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Moldova / epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • Republic of Belarus / epidemiology
  • Russia / epidemiology
  • Sex Factors
  • Smoking / epidemiology*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Ukraine / epidemiology
  • Young Adult