TOBACCO-RELATED STATS & FACTS (AT A GLANCE)
Tobacco use is a global epidemic, and the problem is getting worse rapidly as the tobacco industry penetrates the developing world. Here are some sobering facts.
- There are 1.1 billion tobacco users in the world. This number is expected to increase to 1.6 billion over the next two decades.
- The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the world’s first public health treaty, is one of the most universal treaties in existence, with 176 Parties representing over 87% of global population. The United States has not ratified the FCTC.
- Addiction to tobacco impacts poverty and development. In poorer countries, up to 30% of income is spent on tobacco, reducing funds available for nutrition, education and health care. Learn more about Tobacco and Global Development>
- In the United States, each pack of cigarettes sold costs society an estimated $18.05.