Smoking Statistics – Global Stats
Smoking Statistics :
- About 12 times more British people have died from smoking than from World War II.
- 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.
- About one in three cigarettes are consumed in the Western Pacific Region.
- The tobacco market is controlled by just a few corporations – namely American, British and Japanese multinational conglomerates.
- One British survey found that nearly 99% of women did not know of the link between smoking and cervical cancer.
- 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.
- Between 80,000 and 100,000 children worldwide start smoking every day – roughly half of whom live in Asia.
- About a quarter of youth alive in the Western Pacific Region will die from smoking.
- In Asia, tobacco companies are among the top 10 advertisers in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and the Philippines.
- 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.
- 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”.
- After the entry of foreign multinational tobacco firms into Japan, the Republic of Korea and Thailand, youth and female smoking rose significantly.