Tobacco Consumption: See Countries That Smoke The Most

By Stermy 9 Min Read

Countries where people smoke the most  – Tobacco is the common name of several plants under the Nicotiana genus and is also the general term for any product made using cured tobacco leaves, such as cigarettes and cigars. Tobacco products are addictive and can be challenging to quit using due to the presence of the stimulant nicotine in the tobacco leaves.

This post is to let you know the countries that smokes the most, but before that, let’s take a look at some of the health risks associated with smoking.

What are the Health risks caused by tobacco usage and smoking?

Smoking causes disease and incapacity, as well as injury to practically every organ in the body.

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More than 16 million Americans suffer from a smoking-related ailment. For every person who dies as a result of smoking, at least 30 others suffer from a significant smoking-related ailment. Tobacco smoking is linked to cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung disease, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smoking also raises the risk of TB, some eye illnesses, and immune system problems such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Secondhand smoke exposure contributes to approximately 41,000 deaths among nonsmoking adults and 400 deaths in infants each year. Secondhand smoke causes stroke, lung cancer, and coronary heart disease in adults. Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, middle ear disease, more severe asthma, respiratory symptoms, and slowed lung growth.

Smoking rates around the world

Overall, the highest smoking rates are found in Southeast Asia and the Balkan region of Europe. Western European countries and the Americas tend to have lower smoking rates, However, this is not always guaranteed, as Chile turns out to have one of the highest smoking rates in the world. Of the top five countries with the highest smoking rates in the world in 2018, three are in the Pacific Islands, one is in Southeast Asia, and one is in South America.

Smoking rates have reduced globally as a result of increasing education about the dangers of tobacco and anti-tobacco activities. The smoking rate in the United Kingdom was 38% in 2000. Since then, it has plummeted to 19.2%.

Nauru has the world’s highest smoking rate of 52.1%. In Nauru, women smoke somewhat more than males (52.6% vs. 51.7%), which is quite unusual. Kiribati has the second-highest rate (52.0%), with 68.6% of males and 35.5% of females, which is a more usual ratio.

In the United States, the legal smoking age is 21 years old. In December 2019, the smoking age was raised from 18 to 21. Smoking rates differ by state, with West Virginia having the greatest prevalence of smokers and Utah having the lowest.

Which Countries That Smoke The Most?

Here are the 10 countries with the highest smoking rates:

  1. Nauru – 52.10%
  2. Kiribati – 52.00%
  3. Tuvalu – 48.70%
  4. Myanmar – 45.50%
  5. Chile – 44.70%
  6. Lebanon – 42.60%
  7. Serbia – 40.60%
  8. Bangladesh – 39.10%
  9. Greece – 39.10%
  10. Bulgaria – 38.90%

Smoking Rates by Country 2023

Country Total Smoking Rate Male Smoking Rate Female Smoking Rate
Nauru 52.10% 51.70% 52.60%
Kiribati 52.00% 68.60% 35.50%
Tuvalu 48.70% 66.00% 31.40%
Myanmar 45.50% 70.20% 20.80%
Chile 44.70% 49.20% 40.30%
Lebanon 42.60% 49.40% 35.90%
Serbia 40.60% 40.00% 41.20%
Bangladesh 39.10% 60.60% 17.70%
Greece 39.10% 45.30% 32.80%
Bulgaria 38.90% 42.50% 35.30%
Bosnia And Herzegovina 38.30% 46.30% 30.20%
Timor Leste 38.20% 65.80% 10.70%
Indonesia 37.90% 70.50% 5.30%
Solomon Islands 37.90% 55.90% 19.90%
Laos 37.80% 60.10% 15.50%
Latvia 36.70% 49.50% 24.00%
Cyprus 36.70% 50.10% 23.30%
Croatia 36.60% 37.90% 35.30%
France 34.60% 36.00% 33.20%
Andorra 33.80% 38.10% 29.50%
Slovakia 32.30% 38.60% 26.00%
Nepal 31.90% 48.60% 15.30%
South Africa 31.40% 46.80% 16.00%
Hungary 30.60% 34.80% 26.40%
Estonia 30.50% 36.90% 24.10%
Tonga 30.20% 48.40% 12.10%
Georgia 29.70% 54.20% 5.20%
Lesotho 29.70% 54.70% 4.60%
Turkey 29.30% 41.50% 17.00%
Albania 29.20% 50.50% 7.90%
Austria 29.10% 30.40% 27.70%
Madagascar 28.90% 46.90% 11.00%
Samoa 28.90% 40.80% 16.90%
Russia 28.30% 40.90% 15.70%
Germany 28.00% 29.90% 26.00%
Spain 27.90% 29.10% 26.70%
Portugal 27.90% 33.30% 22.40%
Kyrgyzstan 27.90% 52.50% 3.40%
Mongolia 27.60% 49.10% 6.20%
Cuba 27.10% 39.70% 14.50%
Lithuania 27.10% 35.30% 19.00%
India 27.00% 42.00% 12.10%
Mauritius 26.90% 48.30% 5.40%
Armenia 26.70% 51.80% 1.60%
Fiji 26.70% 42.30% 11.10%
Belarus 26.60% 42.80% 10.40%
Cook Islands 26.60% 31.30% 21.80%
Poland 26.00% 30.30% 21.60%
Tunisia 26.00% 49.10% 2.90%
Ukraine 25.50% 41.00% 9.90%
Romania 25.50% 35.20% 15.80%
Israel 25.50% 35.20% 15.80%
Moldova 25.30% 44.60% 6.00%
United States 25.10% 30.90% 19.30%
Switzerland 25.10% 27.80% 22.50%
Bahrain 25.10% 41.50% 8.60%
Malta 25.10% 27.80% 22.50%
Belgium 25.00% 26.90% 23.10%
China 24.70% 47.70% 1.80%
Kazakhstan 24.40% 42.20% 6.60%
Philippines 24.30% 41.60% 7.00%
Vanuatu 24.10% 45.00% 3.30%
Botswana 23.70% 37.30% 10.10%
Palau 23.70% 36.30% 11.20%
Ireland 23.60% 26.10% 21.20%
Italy 23.40% 27.10% 19.60%
Netherlands 23.40% 25.60% 21.30%
Sri Lanka 22.90% 43.20% 2.70%
Thailand 22.80% 42.50% 3.10%
Slovenia 22.70% 25.10% 20.30%
Iraq 22.20% 40.80% 3.60%
Kuwait 22.10% 40.90% 3.40%
South Korea 22.00% 38.20% 5.90%
Japan 21.90% 33.20% 10.50%
Argentina 21.80% 28.20% 15.40%
Malaysia 21.80% 42.70% 1.00%
Cambodia 21.80% 37.40% 6.30%
Uruguay 21.80% 25.20% 18.40%
Luxembourg 21.70% 23.60% 19.80%
Egypt 21.40% 42.30% 0.40%
Seychelles 21.10% 35.30% 6.90%
Yemen 20.90% 32.50% 9.30%
Pakistan 20.00% 33.60% 6.40%
Sierra Leone 19.80% 31.00% 8.50%
Finland 19.70% 21.00% 18.30%
Azerbaijan 19.60% 39.00% 0.20%
Comoros 19.50% 29.90% 9.20%
United Kingdom 19.20% 21.10% 17.30%
Algeria 18.80% 36.30% 1.40%
North Korea 18.80% 37.50% 0.00%
Denmark 18.60% 18.40% 18.70%
United Arab Emirates 18.20% 35.60% 0.80%
Namibia 17.90% 28.40% 7.40%
Canada 17.50% 22.70% 12.40%
Saudi Arabia 16.60% 31.20% 2.00%
Brazil 16.50% 21.50% 11.50%
Singapore 16.50% 27.80% 5.10%
Australia 16.20% 18.70% 13.60%
Republic Of The Congo 16.10% 30.10% 2.00%
Burkina Faso 16.00% 24.90% 7.20%
Brunei 15.50% 28.60% 2.50%
New Zealand 14.80% 16.10% 13.50%
Morocco 14.70% 28.60% 0.90%
Zambia 14.70% 25.00% 4.40%
Mozambique 14.40% 23.40% 5.40%
Gambia 14.40% 27.30% 1.50%
Iran 14.00% 24.60% 3.50%
Qatar 14.00% 26.70% 1.30%
Mexico 13.90% 21.20% 6.50%
Zimbabwe 13.90% 26.50% 1.30%
Iceland 13.80% 13.90% 13.70%
Tanzania 13.30% 23.50% 3.10%
Rwanda 13.30% 19.70% 6.90%
Ivory Coast 13.00% 24.30% 1.60%
Norway 13.00% 15.50% 10.50%
Malawi 12.80% 20.40% 5.20%
Paraguay 12.80% 20.80% 4.70%
El Salvador 12.70% 22.80% 2.50%
Burundi 12.60% 18.80% 6.40%
Uzbekistan 12.30% 23.30% 1.30%
Guyana 12.20% 22.10% 2.20%
Mali 12.00% 22.40% 1.70%
Kenya 11.80% 20.80% 2.80%
Chad 11.80% 21.30% 2.30%
Jamaica 11.00% 17.70% 4.20%
Bahamas 10.90% 18.60% 3.20%
Eswatini 10.70% 19.10% 2.20%
Uganda 9.80% 15.50% 4.00%
Costa Rica 9.80% 14.70% 5.00%
Peru 9.60% 15.60% 3.60%
Oman 9.60% 18.50% 0.70%
Dominican Republic 9.40% 11.20% 7.50%
Cameroon 9.30% 17.50% 1.20%
Senegal 9.10% 17.40% 0.70%
Barbados 8.70% 15.00% 2.30%
Niger 8.60% 16.30% 0.80%
Liberia 8.40% 15.10% 1.80%
Haiti 8.30% 13.30% 3.30%
Sweden 8.00% 6.00% 8.00%
Colombia 7.90% 12.20% 3.70%
Togo 7.60% 13.50% 1.60%
Benin 7.20% 12.40% 1.90%
Eritrea 7.20% 14.20% 0.30%
Panama 6.90% 11.10% 2.70%
Sao Tome And Principe 5.40% 9.50% 1.40%
Nigeria 4.80% 9.00% 0.50%
Ethiopia 4.60% 8.30% 0.90%
Ghana 3.70% 7.00% 0.40%

 

 

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