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
Kiribati52.40%63.90%40.90%119,449
Nauru47.50%43.00%52.00%10,824
Greece42.65%52.60%32.70%10,423,054
Serbia41.65%43.60%39.70%8,737,371
Russia40.90%59.00%22.80%145,934,462
Jordan40.45%70.20%10.70%10,203,134
Indonesia39.90%76.20%3.60%273,523,615
Bosnia And Herzegovina38.60%47.20%30.00%3,280,819
Lebanon38.20%45.40%31.00%6,825,445
Chile38.00%40.00%36.00%19,116,201
Latvia36.60%48.90%24.30%1,886,198
Croatia36.45%39.40%33.50%4,105,267
Sierra Leone36.00%60.00%12.00%7,976,983
Bulgaria35.30%42.40%28.20%6,948,445
Cuba35.25%52.70%17.80%11,326,616
Austria35.15%35.50%34.80%9,006,398
Czech Republic33.20%37.40%29.00%10,708,981
Estonia33.05%41.20%24.90%1,326,535
Laos32.85%56.60%9.10%7,275,560
Andorra32.50%37.20%27.80%77,265
Georgia31.70%57.70%5.70%3,989,167
Ukraine31.70%49.40%14.00%43,733,762
Germany30.35%32.40%28.30%83,783,942
Israel30.25%41.20%19.30%8,655,535
Tonga30.15%47.30%13.00%105,695
Lithuania30.15%38.10%22.20%2,722,289
Samoa29.95%41.00%18.90%198,414
Romania29.80%36.90%22.70%19,237,691
Albania29.40%51.20%7.60%2,877,797
Spain29.20%31.30%27.10%46,754,778
Slovakia28.65%39.70%17.60%5,459,642
Belarus28.40%46.20%10.60%9,449,323
Hungary28.40%32.00%24.80%9,660,351
Bahrain28.20%48.80%7.60%1,701,575
Poland28.05%32.40%23.70%37,846,611
Lesotho27.75%55.10%0.40%2,142,249
France27.70%29.80%25.60%65,273,511
Kyrgyzstan27.00%50.40%3.60%6,524,195
South Korea27.00%49.80%4.20%51,269,185
Armenia26.90%52.30%1.50%2,963,243
Kazakhstan26.60%43.90%9.30%18,776,707
Mongolia26.50%47.70%5.30%3,278,290
Turkey25.95%39.50%12.40%84,339,067
Seychelles25.90%43.00%8.80%98,347
Philippines25.75%43.00%8.50%109,581,078
Fiji25.55%38.70%12.40%896,445
Moldova25.55%45.70%5.40%4,033,963
Namibia25.15%38.90%11.40%2,540,905
Egypt25.10%49.90%0.30%102,334,404
Netherlands25.05%26.20%23.90%17,134,872
Malta24.95%29.70%20.20%441,543
China24.70%47.60%1.80%1,439,323,776
Vietnam24.20%47.10%1.30%97,338,579
Nepal24.10%37.10%11.10%29,136,808
Italy24.00%28.30%19.70%60,461,826
Argentina23.95%29.50%18.40%45,195,774
Mauritania23.85%44.00%3.70%4,649,658
Bolivia23.80%30.50%17.10%11,673,021
Luxembourg23.60%25.80%21.40%625,978
Azerbaijan23.45%46.50%0.40%10,139,177
Cambodia23.45%44.10%2.80%16,718,965
Morocco23.40%45.40%1.40%36,910,560
Switzerland23.30%26.90%19.70%8,654,622
Belgium23.25%26.50%20.00%11,589,623
Uruguay23.05%26.70%19.40%3,473,730
Portugal22.60%31.50%13.70%10,196,709
Republic Of The Congo22.45%43.20%1.70%5,518,087
Pakistan22.45%41.90%3.00%220,892,340
Cameroon22.35%43.80%0.90%26,545,863
Norway22.25%22.40%22.10%5,421,241
Malaysia22.20%43.00%1.40%32,365,999
Japan22.15%33.70%10.60%126,476,461
Ireland22.15%22.40%21.90%4,937,786
Thailand21.85%41.40%2.30%69,799,978
Mauritius21.70%40.10%3.30%1,271,768
Finland20.85%23.20%18.50%5,540,720
Sweden20.60%20.40%20.80%10,099,265
Burkina Faso20.25%36.00%4.50%20,903,273
Bangladesh20.25%39.80%0.70%164,689,383
Slovenia20.20%22.30%18.10%2,078,938
Mali20.00%36.80%3.20%20,250,833
United Kingdom19.15%19.90%18.40%67,886,011
Myanmar19.00%31.60%6.40%54,409,800
South Africa18.95%31.40%6.50%59,308,690
Mozambique18.65%31.40%5.90%31,255,435
Paraguay18.10%28.30%7.90%7,132,538
Jamaica17.90%29.90%5.90%2,961,167
Honduras17.70%33.30%2.10%9,904,607
United States17.25%19.50%15.00%331,002,651
Denmark17.00%17.60%16.40%5,792,202
Zimbabwe16.65%31.20%2.10%14,862,924
Singapore16.50%28.00%5.00%5,850,342
Brunei16.20%29.30%3.10%437,479
Iceland16.05%17.00%15.10%341,243
Niue15.85%20.30%11.40%1,626
Malawi15.70%25.40%6.00%19,129,952
Tanzania15.65%27.50%3.80%59,734,218
Zambia15.55%26.50%4.60%18,383,955
Saudi Arabia15.40%27.90%2.90%34,813,871
Brazil15.30%19.30%11.30%212,559,417
Liberia15.00%27.60%2.40%5,057,681
Canada14.95%17.70%12.20%37,742,154
Australia14.90%16.70%13.10%25,499,884
Comoros14.55%23.10%6.00%869,601
Sri Lanka14.40%28.40%0.40%21,413,249
Dominican Republic14.10%18.80%9.40%10,847,910
Mexico13.70%20.80%6.60%128,932,753
Costa Rica13.40%18.50%8.30%5,094,118
Kenya13.35%24.60%2.10%53,771,296
Uzbekistan13.10%24.90%1.30%33,469,203
Cape Verde12.85%22.20%3.50%555,987
Haiti12.30%22.10%2.50%11,402,528
Senegal12.05%23.40%0.70%16,743,927
India11.15%20.40%1.90%1,380,004,385
Colombia11.10%16.00%6.20%50,882,891
Iran11.10%21.50%0.70%83,992,949
Oman11.00%21.00%1.00%5,106,626
Swaziland10.60%19.00%2.20%1,160,164
Uganda9.65%16.40%2.90%45,741,007
Niger9.40%18.60%0.20%24,206,644
Benin9.35%17.70%1.00%12,123,200
Nigeria9.25%17.40%1.10%206,139,589
Ecuador8.65%14.00%3.30%17,643,054
Barbados7.00%13.10%0.90%287,375
Ghana6.75%13.10%0.40%31,072,940
Panama6.60%10.60%2.60%4,314,767
Ethiopia4.70%8.90%0.50%114,963,588