Teen and Youth Smoking Problems in the Philippines

The Philippines GYTS includes data on prevalence of cigarette and other tobacco use as well as information on five determinants of tobacco use: access/availability and price, environmental tobacco smoke exposure (ETS), cessation, media and advertising, and school curriculum. These determinants are components the Philippines could include in a comprehensive tobacco control program.

The school response rate was 90.0%, the student response rate was 88.7%, and the overall response rate was 79.8%. A total of 11,630 students participated in the Philippines GYTS.


42.8% of students had ever smoked cigarettes (Male = 57.0%, Female = 32.0%)

27.1% currently use any tobacco product (Male = 37.3%, Female =18.4%)

21.6% currently smoke cigarettes (Male = 32.6%, Female =12.9%)

13.6% currently use other tobacco products (Male = 18.3%, Female = 9.5%)

26.5% of never smokers are likely to initiate smoking next year

Knowledge and Attitudes

25.8% think boys and 13.9% think girls who smoke have more friends

13.8% think boys and 8.9% think girls who smoke look more attractive
Access and Availability – Current Smokers

18.5% usually smoke at home

44.8% buy cigarettes in a store

46.6% who bought cigarettes in a store were NOT refused purchase because of their age

Environmental Tobacco Smoke

60.1% live in homes where others smoke

74.6% are around others who smoke in places outside their home

39.2% think smoking should be banned from public places

41.2% think smoke from others is harmful to them

56.3% have one or more parents who smoke

10.6% have most or all friends who smoke

Cessation – Current Smokers

84.8% want to stop smoking

84.0% tried to stop smoking during the past year

90.5% have ever received help to stop smoking

Media and Advertising

83.4% saw anti-smoking media messages, in the past 30 days

84.4% saw pro-cigarette ads on billboards, in the past 30 days

80.4% saw pro-cigarette ads in newspapers or magazines, in the past 30 days

17.8% have an object with a cigarette brand logo

17.6% were offered free cigarettes by a tobacco company representative


58.6% had been taught in class, during the past year, about the dangers of smoking

57.7% had discussed in class, during the past year, reasons why people their age smoke

64.1% had been taught in class, during the past year, the effects of tobacco use

Source:Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS)

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3 Responses to “Teen and Youth Smoking Problems in the Philippines” »»

  1. Comment by aniceto garcia | 05/28/06 at 4:13 pm

    good day!!!!
    can you please send me a copy of this data in my email account?please!!!!!
    thanks!!!! more power!!!

  2. Comment by nikki reyes | 02/10/07 at 8:44 pm

    thanks for the facts!!!!
    more power!!!

  3. agm
    Comment by agm | 02/28/08 at 2:42 pm

    thanks for the facts! need it for a tagalog research paper, can you believe it?

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