WHO publishes fourth global tobacco trends report

23 November 2021

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has published its fourth global tobacco trends report, revealing that there are 1.30 billion tobacco users globally, compared to 1.32 billion in 2015, with the prediction this number will drop to 1.27 billion by 2025.

The report continues several key findings, as listed below.  

  • In 2020, 22.3% of the global population used tobacco, including 36.7% of all men and 7.8% of all women. 
  • Currently, 60 countries are on track to achieve the tobacco use reduction target by 2025. Since the last report two years ago, two other regions, the African and South-East Asian regions, have now joined the Americas region on-track to achieve a 30% reduction. 
  • Approximately 38 million children, aged 13 to 15 years old, currently use tobacco, despite it being illegal in most countries for minors to purchase tobacco products. 
  • There were 231 million women using tobacco products in 2020, with the highest prevalence rate among the 55 to 64 age group. 

Source: WHO, 16 November 2021