More People Smoking Cigarettes than Ever

There are actually more smokers nowadays than ever before, regardless of health warning labels on cigarette packs and the growing price of cigarettes. In 1980, nearly 4,650 billion cigarettes were smoked, which rose to about 6,500 billion in 2010. By 2020, there will be almost seven billion cigarette butts soiling the world.

Lucky Strike cigarettes and an ashtray on the table

Lucky Strike cigarettes

Currently there are two countries with the largest amount of smokers – Asia and Australia, where approximately 60% of cigarettes are used.

These data and many interesting facts are described in the ninth edition of Dan Smith’s The State of the World Atlas.

Regarding other places, the publication states that 19% of Americans say they could not give food to their families in 2011, in spite of living in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Unfortunately, 20 % of India’s population continues to be undernourished, regardless of its Gross National Income increasing by 450 % since 1990.

An even more alarming fact is that about 3 billion people live on less than £1.25 per day, which presents one in three of the worldwide population.

Regarding population, China is still the leader, with 1,341 million people inhabiting its 9,596,960 sq km. A great deal is called up for military service, with China possessing the reputation for the world’s biggest army.

India is the second largest country regarding population, with 1,225 million. In 2012, more than a half of the world’s population lived in cities. In 1800, just 3% did.

In accordance with reports, over seven billion people live in the entire world. Every day, some 200,000 new babies are born.

During one year, around 80 million people are born and specialists forecast that over nine billion people will be living on Earth by 2050.

The number one religion is Christianity, with more than 1.6 billion, while Islam isn’t far behind at about 1.3 billion. There exist 950 million Hindus on the planet and almost 500 million Buddhists.

When it comes to murders, Asia had about 45 wars between 1990 and 2010, whilst Africa – 37 and the Middle East – 15.

Most UN peacekeepers come from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, with South Asian countries presenting a total of 33 percent.

There’s an approximated £13 trillion of assets lawfully held in tax havens and £1.8 trillion in revenue that’s lost to illegal tax evasion. This data appears to support the case for those who believe in the increasing divide between rich and poor.

20% of the world’s MPs are women. Nevertheless, this is a mere 3% climb since 1945.

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