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Smoking - Our World in Data


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# Empirical View

# Smoking around the world

As the following chart shows, in all countries of the world (with the exception of Nauru) more men than women are smoking.

# Long run perspective on the rise and fall of smoking

Sales of cigarettes per adult per day in early industrialized countries, 1920-20101

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# Long run perspective on individual countries

Percentage of smokers (all tobacco products) in West Germany ‘International Smoking Statistics’2

Annual adult per capita cigarette consumption and major smoking and health events in United States, 1900-1998 Hanson, Venturelli, and Fleckenstein (2009)3


# Correlates, Determinants & Consequences

# Health impacts of smoking

US cigarette consumption for all adult men and women, 1900-9, and lung and bronchus cancer, 1930-1998, for men and women Lomborg4

# Total number of premature deaths from smoking secondhand smoke

# Deaths from smoking

# Number of premature deaths from smoking

# Smoking deaths by age

# Deaths from secondhand smoke

# Number of premature deaths from secondhand smoke

# Secondhand smoke deaths by age

# Price of smoking and taxes

Tobacco taxes – share of total and excise taxes in the price of a pack of the most sold brand of cigarettes, 2010 OECD5

# Smoking vs GDP per capita

In low-income and very high-income countries the share of men who smoke is lower than in many middle-income countries. In many middle income countries more than 40% of men are smoking.

# Data Sources

# International Mortality and Smoking Statistics (IMASS)
# Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), Global Burden of Disease (GBD)
  1. I have taken the data for the single countries from the ‘International Smoking Statistics’ which is online here.

    Sales of cigarettes total cigarettes (including estimated number of hand-rolled cigarettes) for (West) Germany, France, and USA. For Japan and Switzerland only manufactured cigarettes. Adults are over 15 years old.

    Germany is West Germany only from 1950-89.

  2. This is taken from the ‘International Smoking Statistics’ – online here.

  3. This is taken from Hanson, Venturelli, and Fleckenstein (2009) – Drugs and Society, tenth edition. Jones & Bartlett Publishers.

    The sources of this source are the United States Department of Agriculture and the 1986 Surgeon Generals Report.

  4. This is Figure 120 in Lomborg (2001) – The Skeptical Environmentalist. Cambridge University Press. The title of the figure here matches the title in the source. The time span listed of “1900-9” is misleading, but it seems he means 1900-1999.

    His sources are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under US Department of Health and Human Services, the Economic Research Service, US Department of Agriculture and the 1999 Cancer Facts and Figures of the American Cancer Society.

  5. This is taken from the OECD Economic Surveys: Russian Federation 2011 ‘Modernisation of the Russian economy how full is the glass?’. OECD Publishing. Online here.

    The source of the OECD is the WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2011.

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