Wednesday, December 24, 2008

World Health Organization Smoking Statistics

As of May 2002:

  • About a third of the male adult global population smokes.
  • Cigarettes cause more than one in five American deaths.
  • Smoking related-diseases kill one in 10 adults globally, or cause four million deaths. By 2030, if current trends continue, smoking will kill one in six people
  • Among young teens (aged 13 to 15), about one in five smokes worldwide.
  • About 15 billion cigarettes are sold daily - or 10 million every minute.
  • About 12 times more British people have died from smoking than from World War II.
  • Half of long-term smokers will die from tobacco. Every cigarette smoked cuts at least five minutes of life on average - about the time taken to smoke it.
  • More than 4,000 toxic or carcinogenic chemicals have been found in tobacco smoke.
  • Among WHO Regions, the Western Pacific Region - which covers East Asia and the Pacific - has the highest smoking rate, with nearly two-thirds of men smoking.

  • One of every three cigarettes consumed worldwide is smoked in China.
  • Smoking will kill about a third of all young Chinese men alive (under 30 years).
  • About 3,000 people die every day in China due to smoking.
  • There are more than 300 million Chinese smokers - more than the entire US population. They consume an estimated 1.7 trillion cigarettes per year - or 3 million cigarettes every minute.
  • China is the world's largest tobacco producer, accounting for about a quarter of the global tobacco leaf production.

  • Japan's Finance Ministry is a major shareholder in Japan Tobacco, a multinational.
  • With 500,000 cigarette vending machines, the young can easily buy cigarettes.

  • Malaysia has been dubbed the "indirect advertising capital" of the world. Some of the tobacco industry's most blatant efforts to target young people can be seen here.
  • Although there are restrictions on advertising, tobacco companies have found ways to bypass these laws through using brand names and remain the top advertisers. Heavily advertised products include the Benson and Hedges bistro, Dunhill accessories, Marlboro clothing, Kent Horizon Tours and Salem Cool Planet concerts.

  • Studies show that about 67% of men smoke in urban areas (Phnom Penh), while in rural areas, where most people live, about 86% of men smoke.
  • Men's smoking prevalence seems to peak among older men, (50 to 70 years). Some older men began smoking during Pol Pot's regime in the late 1970s, because smokers were given 10-minute breaks every hour from hard labour by the Khmer Rouge.
  • Smoking prevalence among monks is high, particularly in rural areas.

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