Is Cigarette Consumption Decreasing?  

Cigarette consumption's change over time by age and location

The trend in cigarette smoking among adults was collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1965 to 2011. The most recent data is from 2011. Differences among age groups from 2004 to 2011 come from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive, which holds a list of the National Surveys on Drug Use and Health. Although the most recent data shows a decline in cigarette consumption, deaths from smoking and health risks associated with smoking have stayed the same.

The leading cause of cancer related deaths among both men and women is lung cancer, but it is also the most preventable form of cancer in the United States. Tobacco in cigarettes accounts for 87 percent of lung cancer deaths. Smoking also increases the risk of cancers of the mouth, lips, nose, larynx, esophagus, stomach, and more. After the first US Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health in 1964, cigarette consumption has declined but 44 million American adults still smoke according to 2011 data.


Cigarette Consumption Trends


 1 of every 5
Deaths are caused by the harmful effects of cigarette smoking each year in the United States
 1 of every 3
Cancer deaths would not occur if nobody smoked
+  440,000
Deaths caused by cigarette smoking each year in the United States including dealths from secondhand smoke

By Age

Global Data

The Tabacco Atlas has recorded cigarette consumption per capita on its world tables. The most recent annual cigarette consumption comes from 2009. In the chart below, search by country to see the price of a pack of cigarettes in U.S. dollars from 2010.

Nearly 20% of the world's population smokes cigarettes. The Tabacco Atlas found that while high-income countries consumption has been decreasing, low-and-middle-income countries consumption has been increasing. This increase offsets the decrease from the high-income countries.

Annual Cigarette Consumption Per Capita