15 Billion Sold a Day, 22 Hundred will Die Today

  • About a third of the male adult global population smokes
  • Smoking related-diseases kill one in 10 adults globally, or cause four million deaths
  • Every eight seconds, someone dies from tobacco use
  • About 15 billion cigarettes are sold daily – or 10 million every minute
  • About one in three cigarettes are consumed in the Western Pacific Region
  • The tobacco market is controlled by just a few corporations – namely American, British and Japanese multinational conglomerates
  • Among young teens (aged 13 – 15), about one in five smokes worldwide
  • Between 80,000 and 100,000 children worldwide start smoking every day
  • Around 50% of those who start smoking in adolescent years go on to smoke for 15 to 20 years
  • Studies show teenagers are heavily influenced by tobacco advertising
  • Every cigarette smoked cuts at least 5 minutes of life on average – about the time taken to smoke it
  • Smoking is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death
  • More than 4,000 toxic or carcinogenic chemicals have been found in tobacco smoke
  • At least a quarter of all deaths from heart diseases and about three-quarters of world’s chronic bronchitis are related to smoking
  • Smoking-related diseases cost the United States more than $150 billion a year
  • US-based multinational Philip Morris – the world’s biggest cigarette company – was the world’s ninth largest advertiser in 1996, spending more than $3 billion
  • Half of smokers think that smoking can’t be so dangerous
  • In 1997, the tobacco industry’s spending on advertising in the United States was about $15 million a day ($5.7 billion for the year)


Cigarette Smoking Statistics

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