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Posted on January 22, 2014 by West Corporation 


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Smoking Still Increasing on Global Scale

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.

global smoking prevalence


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