While there might be more smokers than there was 30 years ago, the Earth’s population has also more than doubled in the last fifty years – leading many experts to link the global rise in smokers to population growth.
According to data collected from 187 countries, there were approximately 967 million smokers in 2012 compared to 721 million in 1980.
Despite what seems like quite a dramatic rise, tremendous progress has been made on tobacco control and a doubling of the earth’s population in the past five decades simply means there are more people to take up the habit.
While much more remains to be done, figures show us that waves have been made in educating individuals about the dangers of smoking and support services are now readily available for those who want to kick the habit. The stats show us that while four in 10 men (41%) and one in 10 women (10%) were smoking in 1980, today around three in 10 men (31%) and one in 20 women (6%) smoke daily – a considerable reduction.
The World Health Organization has said that with the continued implementation of policies such as increased cigarette taxes and smoke-free zone laws, countless additional lives could be saved.
Adding to this, spokesperson for Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), Amanda Sandford said: “As the overall number of smokers worldwide is still rising, this study shows how important it is for all countries to implement a range of tobacco control measures to curb the terrible toll of tobacco-related illness and death.”
For many individuals, the New Year marks an opportunity to begin afresh – making it the perfect time to start working towards any personal health and lifestyle goals. If you are a smoker who is hoping to go smoke free in 2014, you may find that additional support such as that available from a counsellor specialising in smoking cessation, could provide you with the encouragement and assistance needed in order to succeed.