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World leaders in smoking

Nearly 5.8 trillion cigarettes were sold worldwide in 2006, enough for 860 cigarettes for each person in the world. Which of these countries has the highest annual per capita cigarette consumption?

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February 24, 2008

Nearly 5.8 trillion cigarettes were sold worldwide in 2006, enough for 860 cigarettes for each person in the world. Which of these countries has the highest annual per capita cigarette consumption?

ANSWERS: A. United States B. China C. Japan D. Russia





D. Russia is correct.

Russia consumes the highest number of cigarettes per person of the four major countries listed, with 2,665 cigarettes per person, according to Euromonitor International. Russia ranks fourth worldwide, behind Greece and Bulgaria.

The world leader is Serbia and Montenegro, with 3,610 cigarettes per person.

Eight of the top 10 cigarette-consuming countries in the world, on a per capita basis, are in the former Soviet Union or Central/Eastern Europe.

The per capita consumption in the United States stands at 1,272 per person as of 2006, making it 31st in the world. The figure is 1,490 in China, and 2,131 in Japan.

The Globalist Quiz is produced by The Globalist, a Washington-based research organization that promotes awareness of world affairs. © 2008 The Globalist, theglobalist.com.

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