The Top 5 Western Pacific Countries with the Highest Rate of Female Tobacco Use

  Country Female Tobacco Use Rate
1 Nauru 53.3%
2 New Zealand 24.3%
3 Samoa 23.8%
4 Cook Islands 20.8%
5 Australia 20.3%
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 Facts
  1. Developing countries consume an increasing proportion of the world’s tobacco. By 2010, developing countries are projected to consume 71% of the world’s tobacco. About 80% of the projected increase will occur in East Asia, particularly China which accounts for 30% of all the world's smokers as of 2008.
  2. In 2003, the number of smokers in the world was estimated at about 1.3 billion (more than 1 billion men and 250 million women). This figure is expected to rise to at least 1.7 billion (1.2 billion men and 500 million women) by 2025, with the doubling in the number of female smokers making the greatest contribution to the increase.
  3. In 2000, there were about 4.8 million smoking-related premature deaths worldwide, almost evenly divided between developed (2.4 million deaths) and developing (2.4 million deaths) nations.
  4. Based on current patterns, smoking-attributable diseases will kill as many as 650 million of the world’s 1.3 billion smokers alive today.47,48 Deaths from tobacco are projected to decline by 9% between 2002- 2030 in high-income countries, but to double from 3.4 million to 6.8 million in low- and middle-income countries in the same time period.
  5. Smoking-related medical costs totaled $75.5 billion in 1998 and accounted for 8% of personal health care medical expenditures. This translates to $1,623 in excess medical expenditures per adult smoker in 1999.
  1. Shafey, O., Eriksen, M., Ross, H., Mackay, J., (2009). "The Tobacco Atlas, Third Edition." Retrieved Jan 12th, 2011.
  2. WHO. (2009). "WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic". Retrieved Jan 12th, 2011.
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Sources:  WHO REPORT on the global TOBACCO epidemic, 2008

List Notes: Adjusted prevalence estimates for the 135 WHO Member States for which data is available. Data is for current tobacco use which means women who use tobacco at the time of the survey and includes daily and non-daily smoking. Includes any form of tobacco use, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, bidis, etc.
Western Pacific Countries with the Highest Rate of Female Tobacco Use

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