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A Billion Smokers



Nearly a billion people on the planet earth smoked cigarettes on a daily basis in 2012, a new report reveals.

That’s a big increase from previous years, although the percentage of the earth’s population that smokes has shrunk considerably according to the researchers – whose data was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

A total of 967 million people smoke regularly – up from 721 million in 1980. However that’s due mostly to the world’s skyrocketing population, as the percentage of male smokers has actually declined from 41 to 31 percent since 1980 while the percentage of female smokers has fallen from 10 to 6 percent over the same time period.

All told, 6.25 trillion individual cigarettes were smoked in 2012 – up from 4.9 trillion in 1980.

An estimated 43.8 million Americans – or 19 percent of all adults – are smokers, according to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in America, claiming an estimated 440,000 lives each year.

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