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Poll shows different preferences for smoking areas between men, women

By Bahk Eun-ji

Men prefer smoking outside while women prefer lighting up inside, a poll showed Tuesday.

There is a difference between male and female smokers in regards to where they choose to smoke, a recent study showed Tuesday. /Gettyimagesbank
There is a difference between male and female smokers in regards to where they choose to smoke, a recent study showed Tuesday. /Gettyimagesbank
According to the online survey by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs, a large ratio of women said they smoke indoors, while the majority of male respondents smoke outside.

A research team at the institute surveyed 3,221 smokers (2,767 men and 454 women) over a two-month period from October 2018.

When multiple answers were allowed, 71 percent of the respondents said they smoke cigarettes outside, 32 percent said they use a smoking room inside a building and 28 percent said they smoke in the street.

However, there is a clear difference between male and female smokers in regard to where they choose to smoke, as 28 percent of women said they smoke in the restroom at home, higher than 12.6 percent of male smokers. Some 24.2 percent women said they smoke on the balcony of their home, while 12.8 percent of men do so. About 9 percent of women said they use restrooms or corridors inside buildings, more than men's 7.8 percent.

On the other hand, 74 percent of men said they use smoking areas outside of buildings, higher than women's 51.8 percent. Some 30.3 percent of men said they smoke in the street, while only 17.8 percent of women do so.

Men start smoking at age 19.2 on average, while women start at age 19.9.

More than 65 percent of respondents said they have tried to smoke less, and 46.4 percent have tried to quit. For the type of tobacco, 82 percent of men smoke traditional cigarettes and 15.7 percent use electronic cigarettes, while women are more likely to use traditional cigarettes with 86 percent, and electronic ones at 11 percent.



By Bahk Eun-ji

Men prefer smoking outside while women prefer lighting up inside, a poll showed Tuesday.

There is a difference between male and female smokers in regards to where they choose to smoke, a recent study showed Tuesday. /Gettyimagesbank
There is a difference between male and female smokers in regards to where they choose to smoke, a recent study showed Tuesday. /Gettyimagesbank
According to the online survey by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs, a large ratio of women said they smoke indoors, while the majority of male respondents smoke outside.

A research team at the institute surveyed 3,221 smokers (2,767 men and 454 women) over a two-month period from October 2018.

When multiple answers were allowed, 71 percent of the respondents said they smoke cigarettes outside, 32 percent said they use a smoking room inside a building and 28 percent said they smoke in the street.

However, there is a clear difference between male and female smokers in regard to where they choose to smoke, as 28 percent of women said they smoke in the restroom at home, higher than 12.6 percent of male smokers. Some 24.2 percent women said they smoke on the balcony of their home, while 12.8 percent of men do so. About 9 percent of women said they use restrooms or corridors inside buildings, more than men's 7.8 percent.

On the other hand, 74 percent of men said they use smoking areas outside of buildings, higher than women's 51.8 percent. Some 30.3 percent of men said they smoke in the street, while only 17.8 percent of women do so.

Men start smoking at age 19.2 on average, while women start at age 19.9.

More than 65 percent of respondents said they have tried to smoke less, and 46.4 percent have tried to quit. For the type of tobacco, 82 percent of men smoke traditional cigarettes and 15.7 percent use electronic cigarettes, while women are more likely to use traditional cigarettes with 86 percent, and electronic ones at 11 percent.



Bahk Eun-ji ejb@koreatimes.co.kr


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