About tobacco consumption
Smoking is one of most widely used habit practiced by men and women globally. Interesting data is presented by the World Health Organization that estimated what there are around 1.3 billion smokers in the world, of which almost 1 billion are men. This represents about one third of the global population aged 15 and over and the vast majority of these people, around 84% or 1 billion people live in developing countries.
In China, alone, there are about 350 million smokers (60% men and 3% women). This number is bigger than the entire population of the United States of America.
If offering a more precise info about numbers of smokers from entire world, based on statistics of January 2006, it would look like following: in developed countries there are 275 million of men and 150 of women smokers that constitute 35% and 22 % respectively. In developing countries 700 million are men and 100 are women that represent 50% and 9% of population. Remaining world amounted to 975 millions and 250 million tobacco users that in percents are equal to 47% of men and 12% of women.
Did you ever ask your self how many cigarettes are smoked every day? As was maintained by World Health Organization, in 2006, worldwide were lightened up over 15 billion cigarettes every day.
Leading places occupy China, where in same time is located the world's largest manufacturer of tobacco products, China National Tobacco. This enterprise belongs to China government. China National Tobacco controls one third of the global market alone.
Offering characterizations of domestic consumption of manufactured cigarettes it was founded the following characteristics. In 2004, China used 17.7 billion, USA smoked 4.2 billion, Russia 3.73, Japan 2.78, Indonesia 1.71, Germany 1.2 and rest of the world 22.7 cigarettes.
According to Euromonitor, in 2004, Bulgaria had the highest per capita cigarette consumption of 2,769 cigarettes smoked by each citizen. India is also a large consumer and producer of tobacco and much of this tobacco is consumed in the form of hand rolled cigarettes known as bidis.
All this millions of cigarettes are produces by tobacco companies of international renown. According to investigations done in 2003, to list of "tobacco magnates" belonged such enterprises as Altria Group Inc, known also as Philip Morris, that controls 18% of global sales volumes, British American Tobacco is the second one and ran 11% of international cigarette sales, Japan Tobacco with 8%, Imperial Tobacco Group 3%, Combined Companies 25 % and the biggest is China National Tobacco controlled 35%.