May 31, 2017 is World No Tobacco Day and according to the latest data published by the World Health Organisation (WHO), China remains the world’s biggest consumer of cigarettes with an average 4,124 cigarettes smoked each year by adults in the country (11-12 per day).
With an average 3,831 cigarettes smoked per adult per year, Belarus comes in second place in the ranking of 182 countries, followed by Lebanon (3,023), Macedonia (2,732) and Russia (2,690) according to the latest data from the World Health Organisation (WHO), mapped on the website of the British online newspaper, The Independent.
At the other end of the scale, countries with the lowest consumption of cigarettes include Guinea, ranking lowest with an average 15 cigarettes per adult per year, The Solomon Islands (26 cigarettes), Kiribati (28 cigarettes), Uganda (41 cigarettes) and Rwanda (53 cigarettes).
France comes 61st in the list, with an average 1,023 cigarettes smoked per adult per year, just behind the USA, which ranks 57th. The European countries with the highest consumption of cigarettes are Belgium (7th), Czech Republic (11th), Austria (16th) and Germany (33rd).
Countries seeing a significant drop in consumption include the U.K (a 27 per cent reduction in smokers since 1974), which ranks 74th with an average 826 cigarettes smoked per year.