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

  Country Female Tobacco Use Rate
1 Sao Tome and Principe 10.6%
2 Comoros 10.4%
3 Namibia 9.3%
4 South Africa 8.9%
5 Burkina Faso 8.2%
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 Facts
  1. About 250 million women around the globe are smokers. 22% percent of these are in developing countries.
  2. 11% of women worldwide smoke tobacco.
  3. In parts of Southeast Asia, tobacco use is reported to be as high as 30% in females compared to 25% in males.
  4. Cigarette smoking kills an estimated 178,000 women every year in the United States alone.
  5. More than one out of every five high school girls in the United States is a current smoker.
Top 5 facts sources: Tobacco Atlas 3rd edition, WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2009.
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Sources:  WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2008 (Global Youth Tobacco Survey)

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.
African Countries with the Highest Rate of Female Tobacco Use

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