Smoking Statistics – Global Stats

Smoking Statistics :

  1. About 12 times more British people have died from smoking than from World War II.
  2. 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.
  3. About one in three cigarettes are consumed in the Western Pacific Region.
  4. The tobacco market is controlled by just a few corporations – namely American, British and Japanese multinational conglomerates.
  5. One British survey found that nearly 99% of women did not know of the link between smoking and cervical cancer.
  6. One survey found that 60% of Chinese adults did not know that smoking can cause lung cancer while 96% were unaware it can cause heart disease.
  7. Between 80,000 and 100,000 children worldwide start smoking every day – roughly half of whom live in Asia.
  8. About a quarter of youth alive in the Western Pacific Region will die from smoking.
  9. In Asia, tobacco companies are among the top 10 advertisers in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and the Philippines.
  10. In Russia, according to press reports, foreign tobacco companies are the largest advertisers, accounting for as much as 40% of all TV and radio advertising.
  11. A survey in the UK found about half of smokers think that smoking “can’t really be all that dangerous, or the Government wouldn’t let cigarettes be advertised”.
  12. After the entry of foreign multinational tobacco firms into Japan, the Republic of Korea and Thailand, youth and female smoking rose significantly.