Estimates of global and regional smoking prevalence in 1995, by age and sex.


OBJECTIVES We calculated regional and sex- and age-specific smoking prevalence estimates worldwide in 1995. METHODS Sex-specific smoking prevalence data from studies in 139 countries and age distribution data from 7 studies were analyzed. RESULTS Globally, 29% of persons aged 15 years or older were regular smokers in 1995. Four fifths of the world's 1.1 billion smokers lived in low- or middle-income countries. East Asian countries accounted for a disproportionately high percentage (38%) of the world's smokers. Males accounted for four fifths of all smokers, and prevalence among males and females was highest among those aged 30 to 49 years (34%). CONCLUSIONS Future decades will see dramatic increases in tobacco-attributable deaths in low- and middle-income regions. Although much of this excess mortality can be prevented if smokers stop smoking, quitting remains rare in low- and middle-income countries.

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@article{Jha2002EstimatesOG, title={Estimates of global and regional smoking prevalence in 1995, by age and sex.}, author={Prabhat Nath Jha and Michael Kent Ranson and Son Nam Nguyen and Derek Yach}, journal={American journal of public health}, year={2002}, volume={92 6}, pages={1002-6} }