Smoking

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I. Empirical View

I.1 Smoking around the world


As the following chart shows, in all countries of the world (with the exception of Nauru) more men than women are smoking.

I.2 Long run perspective on the rise and fall of smoking

Sales of cigarettes per adult per day in early industrialized countries, 1920-20101

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I.3 Long run perspective on individual countries

Percentage of smokers (all tobacco products) in West Germany – 'International Smoking Statistics'2

Percentage of Smokers (All Tobacco Products) West Germany - pnlee

Annual adult per capita cigarette consumption and major smoking and health events in United States, 1900-1998 – Hanson, Venturelli, and Fleckenstein (2009)3

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 Health impacts of smoking

US cigarette consumption for all adult men and women, 1900-9, and lung and bronchus cancer, 1930-1998, for men and women – Lomborg4

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

Total number of premature deaths from smoking secondhand smoke

II.2 Deaths from smoking

Number of premature deaths from smoking

Smoking deaths by age

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 – OECD5

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