January 21, 2014

The Global Grip of Cigarette Smoking

Thomas Bollyky, Los Angeles Times

The Associated Press

With sales diminishing in the United States and other high-income nations, the tobacco industry has aggressively expanded in poorer countries. Between 1970 and 2000, cigarette consumption tripled in developing nations. There are now 1 billion smokers globally, almost one-third of the world's adult population, and smoking rates are increasing in some countries, such as Bangladesh and Indonesia. Many expect Africa to be next. Nearly 40% of the world's children — 700 million — breathe secondhand tobacco smoke at home.

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