Record number wants to quit smoking
22 October 2007, BRUSSEL – Never before have so many Belgians wanted to quit smoking. The sales of aids to stop smoking are breaking all records this year.
22 October 2007
BRUSSEL – Never before have so many Belgians wanted to quit smoking. The sales of aids to stop smoking are breaking all records this year.
In the first six months of 2007 no fewer than 340,000 aids were sold, the Pharmacists' Union has told the Gazet van Antwerpen and Het Belang van Limburg. That is almost double the number sold five years ago.
Chewing gum and nicotine patches in particular are very popular. Pharmacists have noticed a 13-percent increase in sales of items like Nicorette, Niquitin and Zyban compared to a year ago.
The new anti-smoking legislation which has banned smoking in the catering industry since 1 January of this year is the most important reason behind it. "Still we also see a new trend this year," says Paul Von Hebel of Rook-Stop.
"For the first time customers are indicating that they want to stop smoking for financial reasons, rather than health reasons. Smoking has simply become too expensive."
[Copyright Expatica News 2007]
Subject: Belgian news