Table 1

Prevalence of smoking any tobacco product, adults ≥15 years, 2006

Region/incomePercentage tobacco smoking prevalence, Female ≥15 years*Percentage tobacco smoking prevalence, Male ≥15 years*
WHO region:
 South-East Asia4.639.4
 Eastern Mediterranean4.432.0
 Western Pacific4.856.5
Country income group:
 Low income4.830.9
 Low-middle income4.447.7
 Upper-middle income19.141.1
 High income19.833.1
Global overall8.941.1
  • Source: World Health Statistics, 2010. WHO.21

  • * Based on WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2009: Implementing smoke-free environments. Geneva, WHO, 2009. Appendix VII. Includes smoking at the time of the survey of any form of tobacco, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, bidis, etc. and excluding smokeless tobacco.