Smoking Statistics

According to the World Health Organization (WHO)’s smoking statistics:

  • • Smoking is highest among persons with 9¬-11 years of education (37.5 percent) and lowest among persons with 16 or more years of education (14.0 percent). Smoking is higher among persons living below the poverty level (32.5 percent) than among those living at or above the poverty level (23.8 percent).
  • • Approximately 44.3 million adults are former smokers -- 25 million men and 19.3 million women.
  • • Nearly 70 percent (32 million) of current adult smokers said they wanted to quit smoking completely. Among current everyday adult smokers, an estimated 17.3 million (45.8 percent) had stopped smoking for at least 1 day during the preceding year.

About 15 billion cigarettes are sold daily - or 10 million every minute. Cigarettes cause more than one in five American deaths. Smoking related-diseases kill one in 10 adults globally, or cause four million deaths.

The bottom line: smoking statistics reflect that every eight seconds, someone dies from tobacco use. That translates to approximately 5 million deaths annually.

Smoking is hard on the heart and lungs. Most cases of lung cancer, close to 90% in men, and 80% in women are caused by cigarette smoking. Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., and the leading cause of death caused by smoking. Smoking statistics show that tobacco use is expected to claim one billion lives this century unless serious anti-smoking efforts are made on a global level.


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