Countries That Smoke The Most Tobacco

European Nations Consume The Most Tobacco

By Oliver Smith, The Telegraph

To mark World No Tobacco Day, we’ve mapped the planet according to cigarette consumption.

As with alcohol consumption, Eastern European nations dominate – with a couple of exceptions. Andorra tops the table, compiled by Tobacco Atlas, with an estimated 6,398 legally-sold machine-made and roll-your-own cigarettes consumed per person per year. However, the country is a haven for duty-free shopping, which may well be skewing those figures. Next up is another of Europe’s littlest nations, Luxembourg.

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Belarus, the country that consumes the most alcohol per capita, comes third, followed by Macedonia and Albania. Belgium, Czech Republic, Jordan, Russia and Syria complete the top 10.

The 20 countries that smoke the most

  1. Andorra
  2. Luxembourg
  3. Belarus
  4. Macedonia
  5. Albania
  6. Belgium
  7. Czech Republic
  8. Jordan
  9. Russia
  10. Syria
  11. Slovenia
  12. Greece
  13. Hungary
  14. China
  15. Lebanon
  16. Armenia
  17. Mongolia
  18. Cyprus
  19. Austria
  20. Georgia

Jordan, Syria and China are the most tobacco-dependent non-European countries. Few regular visitors to Greecewill be surprised to see it at 12th. Other popular summer holiday destinations not far from the smokers’ summit include Austria (19th), Turkey (24th) and Croatia (35th).

Britons, conversely, consume far fewer cigarettes – just 827.66 per adult per year – placing it 79th on the list. The US is slightly higher, at 68th.

Residents of Brunei should be proud of the fact that they smoke the least of all those countries to feature in the Tobacco Atlas list. India, Ecuador, Peru, Ghana, and Antigua and Barbuda are also near the bottom of the table.

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There also appears to be a clear relationship between wealth and tobacco consumption. Many of the world’s poorest countries can be found in the lower reaches of the rankings. Those with no data appear in grey on the map above. The data does not take into account tobacco sold illegally. 

The 20 countries that smoke the least

  1. Brunei
  2. Guinea-Bissau
  3. Mauritania
  4. Ghana
  5. Antigua and Barbuda
  6. India
  7. Swaziland
  8. Ecuador
  9. Rwanda
  10. Peru
  11. Guatemala
  12. Ethiopia
  13. Niger
  14. Zimbabwe
  15. Democratic Republic of Congo
  16. Eritrea
  17. Haiti
  18. Zambia
  19. Togo
  20. Dominica

Six facts about global smoking

  1. Globally, 942 million men and 175 million women ages 15 or older are current smokers.
  2. Tobacco kills more than half of those who regularly use it and has a two trillion-dollar economic cost to society each year.
  3. In many countries, farmers clear forested land that is agriculturally marginal to grow tobacco—often by burning —and/or harvest wood for curing. Typically, the land is quickly abandoned and becomes unusable, often leading to desertification.
  4. Three quarters of male daily smokers live in countries with medium or high-HDI (Human Development Index), whereas half of female daily smokers live in very high-HDI countries.
  5. The number of smokers is declining only in very-high HDI countries; in the rest of the world, the number of smokers is increasing.
  6. More than 6 million people per year die from tobacco use across the globe, and in 2016 alone, second hand smoke caused 884,000 deaths.

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