The third annual Nicorette South African Smoking Survey included 14 308 men and women across all education levels, income groups and races, in all nine provinces. It was released today.
A total of 7 761 surveys were completed, and 6 547 partially completed.
When asked whether they enjoyed smoking, 62% of men and 68% of women indicated that they did not.
Three-quarters of smokers had tried to give up in the past 12 months, but only a third had succeeded.
For most smokers, the strongest motivation for quitting was health concerns. Only 17% of men and women said higher tobacco taxes or expensive cigarettes would motivate them to stop.