What Country Has the Highest Percentage of Smokers?

Europe tends to have the highest smoking rates in the world, with Austria being the country with the highest percentage of smokers. Approximately 47% of the country’s adult population are smokers, according to 2009 World Health Organization (WHO) findings. Russia also has one of the highest percentages of smokers, with around 40% of adults being smokers. In comparison, the smoking rate in the United States is around 19%. Very low-income countries are typically the least likely to smoke. For example, less than 4% of Ethiopian adults smoke. However, smoking rates in developing countries are projected to increase by 3.4% each year, according to the Action on Health and Smoking.

More about smoking:

  • The first crop grown for commercial purposes in North America was tobacco in Jamestown, Virginia in 1612 and tobacco profits were partially used to fund the American Revolution.

  • After World War II, the rate of women smokers in the US increased dramatically, from around 18% in 1935 to 36% in 1944.

  • Norway has the highest priced cigarettes in the world at approximately $15 US Dollars (USD) per pack, according to 2013 findings.

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It would be interesting to know what the ill-health rates are for Austria and Russia, i.e. rate of lung cancer, bladder cancer, or diseases associated with high alcohol use.

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