Nearly 20% of the world’s adult population smokes cigarettes, according to TobaccoAtlas.org. Smokers consume nearly 5.9 trillion cigarettes— representing a 13% increase in cigarette consumption in the past decade. Here’s a look at the 10 countries where the most cigarettes are consumed per capita.
Cigarette consumption per capita: 2,157
Cigarette consumption historically has been highest in high-income countries, but because of targeted marketing, increased social acceptability, continued economic development and population increases, consumption is expected to increase in low- and middle-income countries, according to TobaccoAtlas.
Cigarette consumption per capita: 2,266
Cigarette consumption in Western Europe dropped by 26% between 1990 and 2009 but increased in the Middle East and Africa by 57% during the same period, In the image above a Belarusian man smokes a cigarette while cooling down near a fountain in Minsk during a heat wave.
8. Bosnia Herzegovina
Cigarette consumption per capita: 2,278
Globally, the increase in cigarette consumption in low- and middle-income countries is significant enough to offset the decrease in high-income countries, according to TobaccoAtlas.org the total number of smokers world-wide continues to increase simply due to population growth.
Cigarette consumption per capita: 2,369
Cigarette consumption per capita: 2,401
Cigarette consumption per capita: 2,479
Around the world, 48% of the world’s cigarette consumption was in the Western Pacific in 2009.
Cigarette consumption per capita: 2,786
Above, a former Soviet soldier smokes his cigarette near the monument commemorating the Soviet victims of the war in Afghanistan, in St. Petersburg Feb. 15.
Cigarette consumption per capita: 2,795
Above, Greece's football coach Fernando Santos smokes a cigarette during a training session in 2012.
Cigarette consumption per capita: 2,822
Above, people smoke cigarettes in front of the National Theatre in the centre of Sofia.
Cigarette consumption per capita: 2861
In 2010, Serbia introduced tough antitobacco measures, the strictest ever in the Balkans country, where some 33.6% of adults smoke. Above, a passenger smokes a cigarette while waiting for a train in Belgrade last year.