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Everyone knows that cigarette smoking is addictive and harmful for health. Thousands of lives are lost every year due to the ill-effects of smoking. Despite this, a significant percentage of the world’s population is addicted to cigarettes. In the year 2014, an estimated 5.8 trillion cigarettes were smoked around the world. Of the estimated one billion smokers in 2014, 800 million were men and the rest women.

Meanwhile, a few nations have managed to cut down on the consumption of cigarettes. Nations such as Australia, the United Kingdom, Brazil, etc., have tight tobacco control laws that have helped in lessening its peoples’ reliance on cigarettes. Barring a few such achievements, the overall trend is alarming.

However, there are disparities between nations, with some witnessing massive amounts of cigarette consumption while in others its usage is minimal. People in the European nation of Montenegro love to smoke. According to a data by the Tobacco Atlas, Montenegro ranked at the top of the list among cigarette consuming nations. In 2014, a whopping 4124.53 cigarettes were consumed per adult (per year) in Montenegro. Belarus, which was at the number two spot, witnessed 3831.62 cigarettes being consumed per person in 2014.

Cigarette smoking per person was also high in countries such as Lebanon, Macedonia, Russia, Slovenia, Belgium, China, Kazakhstan, etc. All these nations saw an upwards of 2000 cigarettes being consumed per person in 2014. The United States witnessed 1083.41 cigarettes consumed per person in 2014. The United Kingdom consumed less cigarettes at 826.13 per adult.

Apart from this, cigarette consumption was low or relatively low in Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Somalia, Myanmar, Syria and other nations where it was less than 500 per person in 2014.

Meanwhile, the African nation of Guinea earns the laurels for having a population that smokes the least among the countries listed on the Tobacco Atlas data. As per the data, only 14.96 cigarettes were consumed per adult in the country in the year 2014.

For a clear understanding on the number of cigarettes smoked per person in 2014, refer to the table below.

Country Number of Cigarettes Consumed (2014)
Montenegro 4124.53
Belarus 3831.62
Lebanon 3023.15
Macedonia 2732.23
Russia 2690.33
Slovenia 2637.03
Belgium 2353.28
Luxembourg 2283.55
China 2249.79
Bosnia and Herzegovina 2233.46
Czech Republic 2194.01
Kazakhstan 2156.59
Azerbaijan 2114.33
Greece 2086.09
Korea, South 2072.57
Austria 1987.52
Jordan 1855.05
Ukraine 1853.66
Hungary 1774.6
Estonia 1758.63
Japan 1713
Croatia 1709.3
Serbia 1687.56
Cyprus 1643.67
Switzerland 1633.86
Tunisia 1628.46
Romania 1619.82
Slovakia 1617.59
Turkey 1580.91
Armenia 1545.13
Kuwait 1517.26
Bulgaria 1504.72
Germany 1480.04
Italy 1442.87
Poland 1396.06
Netherlands 1395.97
Saudi Arabia 1395.14
Cuba 1391.98
Georgia 1378.45
Denmark 1378.23
Argentina 1359.4
Israel 1346.21
Libya 1332.77
Indonesia 1322.3
Philippines 1291.08
Malta 1266.14
Spain 1264.74
Vietnam 1226.92
Egypt 1215.3
Iraq 1187.65
Albania 1177.42
Canada 1154.25
Uruguay 1135.16
Lithuania 1123.86
Portugal 1114.11
Moldova 1112.8
United States of America 1083.41
Finland 1082.87
Algeria 1041.18
Latvia 1024.09
France 1022.88
Brunei 992.81
Bahrain 968.68
Australia 957.2
Mongolia 955.72
Ireland 953.66
Chile 929.55
Thailand 925
Turkmenistan 895.24
Sweden 868.89
Iran 835.51
Laos 831
Namibia 827.48
United Kingdom 826.13
Papua New Guinea 740.25
United Arab Emirates 715.01
Qatar 697.73
Kyrgyzstan 682.83
Morocco 679.95
New Zealand 671.12
Singapore 664.98
Bangladesh 651.63
Equatorial Guinea 649
Cambodia 644.99
Fiji 617.69
Jamaica 609.67
Korea, North 592.95
Seychelles 589.66
Malaysia 583.67
Oman 576.55
Venezuela 572.84
Uzbekistan 565.39
Gabon 559.05
Norway 556.04
Iceland 551.36
South Africa 537.03
Tajikistan 533.04
Cape Verde 514.86
Pakistan 510.59
Brazil 503.9
Senegal 491.78
Honduras 489.01
Angola 488.8
Nicaragua 487.84
Cote D’Ivoire 477.01
Djibouti 475.89
Syria 458.63
Botswana 448.81
Costa Rica 432.33
Sudan 427.75
Swaziland 427.08
Belize 400.1
South Sudan 398.48
Yemen 388.23
Antigua 361.63
Barbuda 361.63
Colombia 359.39
345.32
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 338.29
Barbados 333.09
Mexico 329.26
Sri Lanka 322.44
Sierra Leone 309.58
Bahamas 301.22
Bolivia 299.49
Congo (Brazzaville) 293.84
Comoros 289.42
El Salvador 280.35
Mauritius 261.4
Kenya 256.57
Togo 249.85
Dominican Republic 245.36
Mali 236.09
Saint Lucia 231.55
Grenada 224.33
Panama 224.27
Maldives 215.42
Burkina Faso 213.2
Madagascar 205.82
Burma 205.55
Ecuador 190.98
Guatemala 189.5
Cameroon 184.17
Central African Republic 177.76
Guinea-Bissau 174.84
Nigeria 172.68
Paraguay 166
Gambia, The 165.93
Zambia 164.55
Chad 156.31
Bhutan 155.09
Mauritania 134.92
Zimbabwe 133.53
Benin 122.1
Ghana 120.85
Somalia 116.66
Peru 116.33
Haiti 113.93
Eritrea 113.58
India 110.93
Sao Tome and Principe 110.65
Niger 105.36
Liberia 104.36
Tanzania 101.12
Burundi 97.73
Trinidad and Tobago 97.03
Lesotho 87.69
Afghanistan 83.81
Nepal 83
Mozambique 81.71
Tonga 81.07
Malawi 80.02
Suriname 79.24
Guyana 76.58
Vanuatu 76.2
Ethiopia 75.8
Congo (Kinshasa) 74.39
Samoa 54.21
Rwanda 53.24
Uganda 41.08
Kiribati 28.03
Solomon Islands 26.42
Guinea 14.96

(Data sourced from the Tobacco Atlas)

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