Smoking Rates By Country 2019

Tobacco is the common name of several plants under the Nicotiana genus and is the general term for any product made using cured tobacco leaves, such as cigarettes. Tobacco products are addictive and can be difficult to quit using due to tobacco’s nicotine content.

According to the World Health Organization, tobacco kills more than 8 million people per year, including both smokers and non-smokers who experience second-hand smoke. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.

Tobacco uses increases the likelihood of developing lung cancer, oral cancer, heart disease, and blood clots. Tobacco use also increases the risk of heart attack and stroke, as well as leads to tooth and gum decay and wrinkled skin.

Tobacco prevalence is affected by several factors. Prosperity is the first of these. Wealthier countries tend to smoke more. Certain religions, such as Christianity and Judaism, are anti-tobacco. Additionally, in some cultures around the world, smoking is part of the social culture and is almost expected for males.

In many South and Southeast Asian countries, the smoking rate tends to be very high for men and very low for women. In Indonesia, for example, the male smoking rate is 76.20% and the female smoking rate is 3.60%.

Overall, the highest smoking rates are found in Southeast Asia and the Balkan region of Europe. Western European countries and the Americas tend to have lower smoking rates.

Smoking rates, in general, have decreased around the world due to increased education on the effects of tobacco and anti-tobacco campaigns. In 2000, the United Kingdom had a smoking rate of 38% that has since dropped to 19.15%.

The ten countries with the highest smoking rates are:

  1. Kiribati (52.40%)
  2. Nauru (47.50%)
  3. Greece (42.65%)
  4. Serbia (41.65%)
  5. Russia (40.90%)
  6. Jordan (40.45%)
  7. Indonesia (39.90%)
  8. Bosnia and Herzegovina (38.60%)
  9. Lebanon (38.30%)
  10. Chile (38.00%)

Kiribati has the highest smoking rates in the world of 52.40%. As with many other countries, smoking is lower among women than it is among men. More than 200 people die in Kiribati every day from tobacco-related causes.

Of the top five countries, three are in the Pacific Islands and two are in the Balkan region of Europe, following the previously mentioned trend.

Below is a table with each country’s total smoking rate, male smoking rate, and female smoking rate.

* Data is for 2015
Country Total Smoking Rate Male Smoking Rate Female Smoking Rate Population 2019
Ethiopia4.70%8.90%0.50%112,078,730
Panama6.60%10.60%2.60%4,246,439
Ghana6.75%13.10%0.40%30,417,856
Barbados7.00%13.10%0.90%287,025
Ecuador8.65%14.00%3.30%17,373,662
Nigeria9.25%17.40%1.10%200,963,599
Benin9.35%17.70%1.00%11,801,151
Niger9.40%18.60%0.20%23,310,715
Uganda9.65%16.40%2.90%44,269,594
Swaziland10.60%19.00%2.20%1,148,130
Oman11.00%21.00%1.00%4,974,986
Colombia11.10%16.00%6.20%50,339,443
Iran11.10%21.50%0.70%82,913,906
India11.15%20.40%1.90%1,366,417,754
Senegal12.05%23.40%0.70%16,296,364
Haiti12.30%22.10%2.50%11,263,077
Uzbekistan13.10%24.90%1.30%32,981,716
Kenya13.35%24.60%2.10%52,573,973
Costa Rica13.40%18.50%8.30%5,047,561
Mexico13.70%20.80%6.60%127,575,529
Dominican Republic14.10%18.80%9.40%10,738,958
Sri Lanka14.40%28.40%0.40%21,323,733
Comoros14.55%23.10%6.00%850,886
Australia14.90%16.70%13.10%25,203,198
Canada14.95%17.70%12.20%37,411,047
Liberia15.00%27.60%2.40%4,937,374
Brazil15.30%19.30%11.30%211,049,527
Saudi Arabia15.40%27.90%2.90%34,268,528
Zambia15.55%26.50%4.60%17,861,030
Tanzania15.65%27.50%3.80%58,005,463
Malawi15.70%25.40%6.00%18,628,747
Niue15.85%20.30%11.40%1,615
Iceland16.05%17.00%15.10%339,031
Brunei16.20%29.30%3.10%433,285
Singapore16.50%28.00%5.00%5,804,337
Zimbabwe16.65%31.20%2.10%14,645,468
Denmark17.00%17.60%16.40%5,771,876
United States17.25%19.50%15.00%329,064,917
Honduras17.70%33.30%2.10%9,746,117
Jamaica17.90%29.90%5.90%2,948,279
Paraguay18.10%28.30%7.90%7,044,636
Mozambique18.65%31.40%5.90%30,366,036
South Africa18.95%31.40%6.50%58,558,270
Myanmar19.00%31.60%6.40%54,045,420
United Kingdom19.15%19.90%18.40%67,530,172
Mali20.00%36.80%3.20%19,658,031
Slovenia20.20%22.30%18.10%2,078,654
Bangladesh20.25%39.80%0.70%163,046,161
Burkina Faso20.25%36.00%4.50%20,321,378
Sweden20.60%20.40%20.80%10,036,379
Finland20.85%23.20%18.50%5,532,156
Mauritius21.70%40.10%3.30%1,269,668
Thailand21.85%41.40%2.30%69,625,582
Ireland22.15%22.40%21.90%4,882,495
Japan22.15%33.70%10.60%126,860,301
Malaysia22.20%43.00%1.40%31,949,777
Norway22.25%22.40%22.10%5,378,857
Cameroon22.35%43.80%0.90%25,876,380
Pakistan22.45%41.90%3.00%216,565,318
Portugal22.60%31.50%13.70%10,226,187
Uruguay23.05%26.70%19.40%3,461,734
Belgium23.25%26.50%20.00%11,539,328
Switzerland23.30%26.90%19.70%8,591,365
Morocco23.40%45.40%1.40%36,471,769
Cambodia23.45%44.10%2.80%16,486,542
Azerbaijan23.45%46.50%0.40%10,047,718
Luxembourg23.60%25.80%21.40%615,729
Bolivia23.80%30.50%17.10%11,513,100
Mauritania23.85%44.00%3.70%4,525,696
Argentina23.95%29.50%18.40%44,780,677
Italy24.00%28.30%19.70%60,550,075
Nepal24.10%37.10%11.10%28,608,710
Vietnam24.20%47.10%1.30%96,462,106
China24.70%47.60%1.80%1,433,783,686
Malta24.95%29.70%20.20%440,372
Netherlands25.05%26.20%23.90%17,097,130
Egypt25.10%49.90%0.30%100,388,073
Namibia25.15%38.90%11.40%2,494,530
Fiji25.55%38.70%12.40%889,953
Moldova25.55%45.70%5.40%4,043,263
Philippines25.75%43.00%8.50%108,116,615
Seychelles25.90%43.00%8.80%97,739
Turkey25.95%39.50%12.40%83,429,615
Mongolia26.50%47.70%5.30%3,225,167
Kazakhstan26.60%43.90%9.30%18,551,427
Armenia26.90%52.30%1.50%2,957,731
South Korea27.00%49.80%4.20%51,225,308
Kyrgyzstan27.00%50.40%3.60%6,415,850
France27.70%29.80%25.60%65,129,728
Lesotho27.75%55.10%0.40%2,125,268
Poland28.05%32.40%23.70%37,887,768
Bahrain28.20%48.80%7.60%1,641,172
Hungary28.40%32.00%24.80%9,684,679
Belarus28.40%46.20%10.60%9,452,411
Slovakia28.65%39.70%17.60%5,457,013
Spain29.20%31.30%27.10%46,736,776
Albania29.40%51.20%7.60%2,880,917
Romania29.80%36.90%22.70%19,364,557
Samoa29.95%41.00%18.90%197,097
Lithuania30.15%38.10%22.20%2,759,627
Tonga30.15%47.30%13.00%104,494
Israel30.25%41.20%19.30%8,519,377
Germany30.35%32.40%28.30%83,517,045
Ukraine31.70%49.40%14.00%43,993,638
Georgia31.70%57.70%5.70%3,996,765
Andorra32.50%37.20%27.80%77,142
Laos32.85%56.60%9.10%7,169,455
Estonia33.05%41.20%24.90%1,325,648
Austria35.15%35.50%34.80%8,955,102
Cuba35.25%52.70%17.80%11,333,483
Bulgaria35.30%42.40%28.20%7,000,119
Sierra Leone36.00%60.00%12.00%7,813,215
Croatia36.45%39.40%33.50%4,130,304
Latvia36.60%48.90%24.30%1,906,743
Chile38.00%40.00%36.00%18,952,038
Lebanon38.20%45.40%31.00%6,855,713
Bosnia And Herzegovina38.60%47.20%30.00%3,301,000
Indonesia39.90%76.20%3.60%270,625,568
Jordan40.45%70.20%10.70%10,101,694
Russia40.90%59.00%22.80%145,872,256
Serbia41.65%43.60%39.70%8,772,235
Greece42.65%52.60%32.70%10,473,455
Nauru47.50%43.00%52.00%10,756
Kiribati52.40%63.90%40.90%117,606