Smoking Rates By Country 2020

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 each year 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.

Smoking Rates By Country 2020

* Data is for 2015
Country Total Smoking Rate Male Smoking Rate Female Smoking Rate Population 2020
Ethiopia4.70%8.90%0.50%114,963,588
Panama6.60%10.60%2.60%4,314,767
Ghana6.75%13.10%0.40%31,072,940
Barbados7.00%13.10%0.90%287,375
Ecuador8.65%14.00%3.30%17,643,054
Nigeria9.25%17.40%1.10%206,139,589
Benin9.35%17.70%1.00%12,123,200
Niger9.40%18.60%0.20%24,206,644
Uganda9.65%16.40%2.90%45,741,007
Swaziland10.60%19.00%2.20%1,160,164
Oman11.00%21.00%1.00%5,106,626
Colombia11.10%16.00%6.20%50,882,891
Iran11.10%21.50%0.70%83,992,949
India11.15%20.40%1.90%1,380,004,385
Senegal12.05%23.40%0.70%16,743,927
Haiti12.30%22.10%2.50%11,402,528
Uzbekistan13.10%24.90%1.30%33,469,203
Kenya13.35%24.60%2.10%53,771,296
Costa Rica13.40%18.50%8.30%5,094,118
Mexico13.70%20.80%6.60%128,932,753
Dominican Republic14.10%18.80%9.40%10,847,910
Sri Lanka14.40%28.40%0.40%21,413,249
Comoros14.55%23.10%6.00%869,601
Australia14.90%16.70%13.10%25,499,884
Canada14.95%17.70%12.20%37,742,154
Liberia15.00%27.60%2.40%5,057,681
Brazil15.30%19.30%11.30%212,559,417
Saudi Arabia15.40%27.90%2.90%34,813,871
Zambia15.55%26.50%4.60%18,383,955
Tanzania15.65%27.50%3.80%59,734,218
Malawi15.70%25.40%6.00%19,129,952
Niue15.85%20.30%11.40%1,626
Iceland16.05%17.00%15.10%341,243
Brunei16.20%29.30%3.10%437,479
Singapore16.50%28.00%5.00%5,850,342
Zimbabwe16.65%31.20%2.10%14,862,924
Denmark17.00%17.60%16.40%5,792,202
United States17.25%19.50%15.00%331,002,651
Honduras17.70%33.30%2.10%9,904,607
Jamaica17.90%29.90%5.90%2,961,167
Paraguay18.10%28.30%7.90%7,132,538
Mozambique18.65%31.40%5.90%31,255,435
South Africa18.95%31.40%6.50%59,308,690
Myanmar19.00%31.60%6.40%54,409,800
United Kingdom19.15%19.90%18.40%67,886,011
Mali20.00%36.80%3.20%20,250,833
Slovenia20.20%22.30%18.10%2,078,938
Bangladesh20.25%39.80%0.70%164,689,383
Burkina Faso20.25%36.00%4.50%20,903,273
Sweden20.60%20.40%20.80%10,099,265
Finland20.85%23.20%18.50%5,540,720
Mauritius21.70%40.10%3.30%1,271,768
Thailand21.85%41.40%2.30%69,799,978
Ireland22.15%22.40%21.90%4,937,786
Japan22.15%33.70%10.60%126,476,461
Malaysia22.20%43.00%1.40%32,365,999
Norway22.25%22.40%22.10%5,421,241
Cameroon22.35%43.80%0.90%26,545,863
Pakistan22.45%41.90%3.00%220,892,340
Portugal22.60%31.50%13.70%10,196,709
Uruguay23.05%26.70%19.40%3,473,730
Belgium23.25%26.50%20.00%11,589,623
Switzerland23.30%26.90%19.70%8,654,622
Morocco23.40%45.40%1.40%36,910,560
Cambodia23.45%44.10%2.80%16,718,965
Azerbaijan23.45%46.50%0.40%10,139,177
Luxembourg23.60%25.80%21.40%625,978
Bolivia23.80%30.50%17.10%11,673,021
Mauritania23.85%44.00%3.70%4,649,658
Argentina23.95%29.50%18.40%45,195,774
Italy24.00%28.30%19.70%60,461,826
Nepal24.10%37.10%11.10%29,136,808
Vietnam24.20%47.10%1.30%97,338,579
China24.70%47.60%1.80%1,439,323,776
Malta24.95%29.70%20.20%441,543
Netherlands25.05%26.20%23.90%17,134,872
Egypt25.10%49.90%0.30%102,334,404
Namibia25.15%38.90%11.40%2,540,905
Fiji25.55%38.70%12.40%896,445
Moldova25.55%45.70%5.40%4,033,963
Philippines25.75%43.00%8.50%109,581,078
Seychelles25.90%43.00%8.80%98,347
Turkey25.95%39.50%12.40%84,339,067
Mongolia26.50%47.70%5.30%3,278,290
Kazakhstan26.60%43.90%9.30%18,776,707
Armenia26.90%52.30%1.50%2,963,243
South Korea27.00%49.80%4.20%51,269,185
Kyrgyzstan27.00%50.40%3.60%6,524,195
France27.70%29.80%25.60%65,273,511
Lesotho27.75%55.10%0.40%2,142,249
Poland28.05%32.40%23.70%37,846,611
Bahrain28.20%48.80%7.60%1,701,575
Hungary28.40%32.00%24.80%9,660,351
Belarus28.40%46.20%10.60%9,449,323
Slovakia28.65%39.70%17.60%5,459,642
Spain29.20%31.30%27.10%46,754,778
Albania29.40%51.20%7.60%2,877,797
Romania29.80%36.90%22.70%19,237,691
Samoa29.95%41.00%18.90%198,414
Lithuania30.15%38.10%22.20%2,722,289
Tonga30.15%47.30%13.00%105,695
Israel30.25%41.20%19.30%8,655,535
Germany30.35%32.40%28.30%83,783,942
Ukraine31.70%49.40%14.00%43,733,762
Georgia31.70%57.70%5.70%3,989,167
Andorra32.50%37.20%27.80%77,265
Laos32.85%56.60%9.10%7,275,560
Estonia33.05%41.20%24.90%1,326,535
Austria35.15%35.50%34.80%9,006,398
Cuba35.25%52.70%17.80%11,326,616
Bulgaria35.30%42.40%28.20%6,948,445
Sierra Leone36.00%60.00%12.00%7,976,983
Croatia36.45%39.40%33.50%4,105,267
Latvia36.60%48.90%24.30%1,886,198
Chile38.00%40.00%36.00%19,116,201
Lebanon38.20%45.40%31.00%6,825,445
Bosnia And Herzegovina38.60%47.20%30.00%3,280,819
Indonesia39.90%76.20%3.60%273,523,615
Jordan40.45%70.20%10.70%10,203,134
Russia40.90%59.00%22.80%145,934,462
Serbia41.65%43.60%39.70%8,737,371
Greece42.65%52.60%32.70%10,423,054
Nauru47.50%43.00%52.00%10,824
Kiribati52.40%63.90%40.90%119,449