Doesn’t it seem like there are fewer smokers today compared to 10 or 20 years ago? For those of us living in the United States, smoking feels like a habit on the decline because it is. The number of smokers in the U.S. has decreased 27% since 1980.
But did you know that smoking is actually still growing in popularity on a global scale? While smoking has gone down 27% since 1980 in the U.S., it’s risen 39% globally. Today there are approximately 1 billion smokers around the world. That’s a troubling statistic when you consider that an estimated 5 million people die every year from tobacco-related illnesses.
A recent study from The University of Washington shows how the smoking habit breaks down across countries, cultures, age-groups and other variables. Click HERE to interact with the data yourself and look at smoking prevalence across time, geography and more.