About 10 years ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) compiled all of the statistics of smoking populations from all of the different countries across the world. There were some interesting findings that were surprising, even for myself.
1.) More than 1/3 of the world’s male population smokes. That is almost 2 billion people worldwide.
2.) Nations that are growing and developing, smoking is on the rise. The average growth of smokers in these countries is about 3.5%.
3.) About 10 million cigarettes are sold every minute. That equates to about 15 billion in one day.
4.) The highest rate of smoking is in the Asia/Pacific Regions. That is no surprise due to half the world’s population being over there.
5.) Only 3 countries control the tobacco conglomerates, theUnited States,Great Britain, andJapan.
6.) Smoking Cessation is the single largest preventable cause for premature death. It can cause cancer in many regions in the body.
7.) A recent survey shows that 60% of Asian adults did not realize that smoking can lead to lung cancer.
In theUnited Stateswe take if for granted that smoking in general has taken a major decline over the past 30 years, and the numbers are continuing to drop. Sadly, smoking on a global level is still high and it can affect 1/3 of the world’s population.
As countries further develop and become more educated to the dangers of smoking, I am sure that we will see a decline in the number of smokers throughout the wor