A highly addictive and health-hazardous habit smoking have become mainstream all around the globe. Despite having a bold label of “SMOKING KILLS” and disturbing image on the cigarette packet itself, billions of people have adopted the habit. Promoting cigarette brands have also been banned from TV screens. Before the invention of cigarettes, people used to consume tobacco in other ways; however, in the 19th century, the first-ever cigarette was developed. The addiction being so cheap and easily available in the stores have made it a massive hit and cigarette sales exploded the market in no time.
Have you ever wondered what percentage of the world’s population consumes tobacco through cigarettes? Out of the total population of 7.8 billion people, around 1.1 billion people are cigarette smokers. The infographic below shows the recent statistics of male and females from different countries of the world who smoke. Find out your country and see how much does it fare. Are you among the smokers or non-smokers?
Kiribati, Nauru, and Greece are the top three table toppers with the highest percentages of 52.4%, 47.5%, and 42.6% smokers, respectively. Kiribati and Nauru are small islands in the Pacific; hence, even after almost 60% of their total population being addicted to smoking doesn’t compare to those millions of smokers from other countries. For example, China, is the largest country in the world by population size and home to 1.43 billion people, out of which 300 million people are cigarette smokers. The country consumes about 40% of cigarettes in the world.
Whereas, Ethiopia settles at the bottom of the table with 4.7% of its people being cigarette addicts. The male and female smoker ratio shows pretty obvious male domination in every country regardless of the total percentage of consumers. The most prominent difference between the male and female ratio is shown in Egypt, where around 50% of males are cigarette consumers, and in contrast, only 0.3% of women are nicotine addicts. Lesotho is the second close with 55% males and 0.4% female tobacco consumers. In addition, China, Vietnam, Azerbaijan, Russia, Georgia and Indonesia have similar ratios.
According to the infographic, three countries reveal female domination in the consumption of tobacco, including, Greece (32.7%), Nauru (52%) and Sweden (20.8%). Greek women lead the ratio by 7.1%; however, Swedish ladies lead by a mere 0.4%.
Infographic by: Loudcloudhealth.com