If you are looking for the largest smokers in the world, then you will find them in the People’s Republic of China.
In every second that passes, 50,000,000 cigarettes are smoked in China. This means that 3,000,000,000 cigarettes are smoked every minute in China.
According to a report by World Health Organisation (WHO), there are about 350,000,000 active smokers in China. The country produces 42 percent of the world’s cigarettes.
One in every three smokers in the world is a Chinese. Smoking in China, according to health experts, is an epidemic. In 2018, a total of 800,000 new lung cancer cases were reported in China. Every year, 1,000,000 Chinese die from tobacco related diseases.
Globally, cigarette smoking kills around 8,000,000 million people annually. In China, 75 percent of lung cancer cases are in Chinese men and 99 percent of them from cigarette smoking.
In China, cigarette smoking is highly gendered. The rate of smoking in Chinese men is at 52.9 percent while in women, it is at 2.4 percent.
The largest producers of tobaccos in China are government companies.