Smoking

Empirical View

Smoking around the world

Share of people who smoke daily or occasionally

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Share of people who smoke every day

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Number of people who smoke every day

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Intensity of smoking

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Gender differences in smoking

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Long-run perspective

The rise and fall of smoking in rich countries

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The case of the US

Annual adult per capita cigarette consumption and major smoking and health events in United States, 1900-1998 – Hanson, Venturelli, and Fleckenstein (2009)1

Annual adult per capita cigarette consumption and major smoking and health events - United States, 1900-1998 - Hanson, Venturelli, and Fleckenstein (2009)

Correlates, Determinants & Consequences

Smoking and cancer

US cigarette consumption for all adult men and women, 1900-9, and lung and bronchus cancer, 1930-1998, for men and women – Lomborg2

US cigarette consumption for all adult men and women, 1900-9, and lung and bronchus cancer, 1930-98, for men and women - Lomborg0

Share of cancer deaths attributed to smoking

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Deaths from smoking

Number of premature deaths from smoking

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Deaths from secondhand smoke

Number of premature deaths from secondhand smoke

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Secondhand smoke deaths by age

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Price of smoking and taxes

Average prices of cigarettes

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Taxes on cigarettes

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Smoking vs GDP per capita

In low-income and very high-income countries the share of men who smoke is lower than in many middle-income countries. In many middle income countries more than 40% of men are smoking.

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Policy on smoking cessation

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Data Sources

International Mortality and Smoking Statistics (IMASS)
  • Data: Consumption of tobacco products, prevalence of smoking and mortality
  • Geographical coverage: 30 countries
  • Time span: Often spanning back 100 years
  • Available at: Online here
Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), Global Burden of Disease (GBD)
  • Data: Death rates and absolute number of premature deaths from smoking and secondhand-smoke
  • Geographical coverage: Global, across all regions and countries
  • Time span: 1990 onwards
  • Available at: Online here
World Health Organization (WHO) Global Health Observatory (GHO)
  • Data: Smoking prevalence, prices, taxes and policy support
  • Geographical coverage: Global, across all regions and countries
  • Available at: Online here