The number of smokers in the world reaches 1.1 billion

Between 1990 and 2019, the number of smokers worldwide grew by 150 million, reaching a record 1.1 billion. These data are contained in a study by the British Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), published Thursday in the medical journal The Lancet.

The study authors note that such growth in the face of increasingly active smoking cessation is associated with an increase in the general population. At the same time, the share of smokers among the population decreased in comparison with 1990 – by 27.5% among women and by 37.7% among men.

At the same time, in some countries, the popularity of smoking increased during this period:

  • both men and women smokers increased in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Mongolia;
  • in Egypt and Uzbekistan – among men;
  • in Russia, Belarus, Lithuania and Portugal – among women.

According to the authors of the study, two-thirds of the world’s smokers are in ten countries, including India, Indonesia, Russia, Turkey, the Philippines and China, with China accounting for a third of all smokers in the world.

The report says that in 2019 alone, about 8 million deaths were caused by diseases associated with smoking, and over the past 30 years, there were more than 200 million such deaths. risk factors (Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study).

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Yana Rozhdestvenskaya

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