Smoking tobacco statistics discussed here are those of the whole world, the United States, and England. They give the statistics among the adult population and teenagers and the statistics of deaths caused by smoking.

Though the figures look quite discouraging to the reader, the fact remains that they compare favorably to the smoking information from 25 to 30 years ago.

This is especially true of developed countries, where the literacy rate is high. This is probably due to the awareness of smoking’s adverse effects on health and the various antismoking measures imposed by various countries across the globe. Awareness is also being spread aggressively worldwide about the benefits of quitting smoking.

You should read some interesting facts about tobacco smoking. That post tells you about the good and bad aspects of smoking and how difficult it is to quit smoking on your own and also with the help of some effective aids.

Smoking Statistics Worldwide

According to the World Health Organization, tobacco kills up to half of its users.

  • One-third of the male population in the world smokes tobacco.
  • According to statistics from 2010, about 20% of the world population smokes.
  • Worldwide, about 30 million young adults begin smoking each year (about half of all young men and 10 percent of young women) and most of them do not stop.
  • Most of the world’s 1.3 billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries.
  • About 10 million cigarettes are sold every minute in the world.
  • That is, 15 billion cigarettes are sold daily across the globe.
  • That comes to 5 trillion cigarettes being sold annually.
  • About 33% of cigarettes are used in the Western Pacific region. (East Asia and the Pacific).
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that by 2030, 10 million people will die every year due to tobacco-related illnesses. This makes smoking the biggest killer globally. The increase will be more in women than men.
  • WHO also forecasts that the death rate from smoking in the 21st century will be ten times more than the deaths that occurred due to smoking in the 20th century.

Smoking death statistics worldwide

  • There is a death caused by tobacco every 8 seconds.
  • 10% of the adult population, which smokes dies of tobacco-related diseases. That is approximately 7 million deaths a year.
  • According to WHO, 6 million of these deaths are due to the direct effect of tobacco on smokers, while roughly one million deaths are of nonsmokers exposed to secondhand smoke.
  • In 2004, 28% of the deaths due to second-hand smoke were of children. These statistics on secondhand smoke tell you how dangerous the effects of secondhand smoke can be.
  • By 2030, if the present trends continue, smoking will kill one out of six people.

Teenage smoking statistics worldwide

  • About 80,000 to 1,00,000 kids start smoking every day.
  • About 20% of teens between the age of 13 to 15 years smoke worldwide.
  • 50% of the kids who start smoking early in life continue smoking for another 15 to 20 years before quitting.
  • About 25% of the youth that is alive today in the West Pacific will die from tobacco-related diseases.
  • Tobacco advertisement has a great impact on children to start smoking.

Smoking Statistics in the United States

  • Smoking kills more people than all deaths due to car accidents, suicides, AIDs, alcohol, murders, and illegal drugs combined.
  • About 46.2 million adults in the U.S. smoke tobacco. (That is roughly 21% of the U.S. population) – 2005 statistics.
  • Smoking figures of adults who smoke have dropped by half from 1965 to 2006.—from about 42% to 21%.
  • Updated to 2015, about 15 of every 100 U.S. adults aged 18 years or older (15.1%) smoked. The smoking population dropped from 21% in 2005 to 15% in 2015.
  • 23.5% of adult men and 17.9% of adult women in the United States smoke cigarettes.

Smoking statistics by age (US)


  • 22% of smokers are between the age of 18 to 24 years.
  • 24% are between the age of 25 to 44 years
  • 22% are between the age of 45 to 65 years.
  • 9% are above 64 years of age.

Smoking statistics by education (US)


  • 34% of smokers are adults with a GED diploma.
  • 24% with education up to 12th or lower
  • 19% are those with a high school diploma
  • 18% are those with some college education without a degree
  • 16% are those with an associate degree
  • 7% are those with an undergraduate college degree
  • Only 3% are those with a graduate degree

Teen smoking statistics in the United States

The teenage smoking statistics are also alarming. So many of these young students put themselves at risk of dying prematurely.

  • 25% of all teens in the U.S. smoke.
  • Every day 1000 teens start smoking.
  • Nine out of 10 of them are below the age of 18 years.
  • 23 percent of high school students use tobacco products and the majority of them smoke cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and hookahs according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • According to a survey conducted by the CDC, more than 12 percent of high school students use two or more tobacco products.
  • 75 percent of high school smokers continue to smoke into adulthood.
  • Cigarette smoking was the most common followed by cigar smoking among white and Hispanic high school teens.
  • Cigar use among black high school teenagers was 50 percent more than cigarette use.

Smoking death statistics (US)

  • Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of deaths that can be prevented, accounting for about 1 in 5 deaths or 448,000 preventable deaths every year.
  • Of these, 41,000 deaths are of those people regularly exposed to secondhand smoke.
  • On average, regular smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.
  • For every death due to smoking, about 32 people have a smoking-related disease.
  • If the present trend continues, about one in every 13 young Americans of age 17 years or younger are expected to die prematurely.

A quote on smoking death statistics: One thousand Americans stop smoking every day – by dying.

Smoking Statistics for England

  • About 21% of the adult population smokes, which has reduced from 39% in 1980.
  • 4 out of 5 people agree that smoking in public places should be banned.
  • About 5% of the hospitalized cases in adults over 35 years of age were attributed to smoking.

Smoking Death Statistics (U.K.)

About 18% of all deaths above the age of 35 years were due to smoking.

In 2009, about 67% of smokers wanted to give up smoking and 75% of them failed.

Teen smoking statistics in England

  • About 18% of school students under 16 years have tried smoking at least once.
  • 6% of these students smoke at least one cigarette once a week.
  • 3% of children under 16 years of age are regular smokers. According to the National Institute for Health Education Risk Prevention (INPES), a regular smoker is one who smokes at least one cigarette per day.
  • 40% of the regular smokers in England began smoking before the age of 16 years.
  • Girls were more inclined to smoke than boys.

Smoking is a widespread addiction but the good news is that the smoking statistics of today do compare favorably to those of about 20 to 30 years ago.