The poorer a country, the likelier it is for more people to pick up smoking

There are more than 4000 chemical substances in cigarette smoke, 50 of them are known to cause cancer.

In 2014 the country with the largest number of smoked cigarettes, worldwide, was Montenegro – with 4125 cigarettes smoked per capita. This would add up to about half a pack per day, per person. Honorable mentions include Belarus with 3831, Lebanon with 3023, Macedonia with 2732 and Russia with 2690.

Cigaretes smoked per capita

The only cohort which expects an increase in the number of smokers by the year 2025 is that of men in countries with low income.

600.000 people die every year from secondhand smoking.

The World Health Organization estimates that tobacco kills roughly half of its users, which means up to 6 million people per year – with 10% of those deaths being caused by secondhand smoke.

This is the case despite over 1 billion people having been covered by tobacco consumption control measures since 2008. What’s more, about 4 out of 5 people on Earth have little to no cessation programs if they’re looking for help in quitting the habit.

Cessation programs
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