Smoking

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I. Empirical View

I.1 Smoking around the world

Share of people who smoke daily or occasionally

Share of people who smoke every day

Number of people who smoke every day

Intensity of smoking

Gender differences in smoking

I.2 Long-run perspective

The rise and fall of smoking in rich countries

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)

II. Correlates, Determinants & Consequences

II.1 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

II.2 Deaths from smoking

Number of premature deaths from smoking

II.3 Deaths from secondhand smoke

Number of premature deaths from secondhand smoke

Secondhand smoke deaths by age

II.4 Price of smoking and taxes

Tobacco taxes - share of total and excise taxes in the price of a pack of the most sold brand of cigarettes, 2010 – OECD3

Tobacco taxes - Share of total and excise taxes in the price of a pack of the most sold brand of cigarettes, 2010 - OECD

II.5 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.

III. 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