Mumbai: China and India are the world’s biggest tobacco users, according to new research which highlights concerns about increasing death rates in developing countries and smoking by women.
Statistics compiled by the American Cancer Society and the World Lung Foundation for the third edition of their ‘The Tobacco Atlas’ found that some 311 million men in China and 229 million in India use tobacco in some form.
For women, the figures were 14 million and 12 million, respectively.
There were 24 million female tobacco users in the US, said the study, which was released in Mumbai at the 14th World Conference on Tobacco or Health.
Worldwide, nearly one billion men and 250 million women use tobacco every day, said the study, released on Monday. Some six million people will die from tobacco use next year. But death rates are rising faster in developing countries. Next year, nearly 72% of global tobacco-related deaths will be in what researchers called “low- and middle-income countries”.