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Each minute, smokers burn through nearly 11 million cigarettes and 10 perish from the habit – one approximately every six seconds. The United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO) have set aside today as World No Tobacco Day. Following are a few facts to consider when measuring the impact of smoking on the world’s population.
How many people smoke?
There are around one billion smokers in the world – one-seventh of the global population – according to WHO and other estimates.
China has the highest number: within its population of 1.3 billion, about 315 million are smokers; and they consume more than a third of the world’s cigarettes, also according to WHO.
Indonesia has the highest proportion of smokers – 76% of the country’s men over 15 are stuck in the habit.
About 80% of the world’s smokers live in low to middle-income countries, and 226 million of them are considered poor.