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20 Jan 2024

Global Smoking Rates Decline Despite Population Growth

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Global adult smoking rates decreased [from 33% in 2000 to 22%](https://www.semafor.com/newsletter/01/18/2024/semafor-flagship?utm_source=nowshare&utm_medium=flagship&utm_campaign=flagshipnumbered3#d) in 2022 despite a one-third increase in world population. Countries like Myanmar and Indonesia have high rates, while the UK and Nigeria are among the lowest. This trend, while not meeting WHO targets, will save millions of lives and narrow the life expectancy gap, which decreased from 4.84 years to 3.4 years between 1990 and 2010, particularly due to reductions in smoking and [alcohol-related deaths](https://www.newscientist.com/article/2412927-life-expectancy-gap-between-men-and-women-is-closing-worldwide/).