Used with permission of Action on Smoking & Health.

​​OF THE 1.1 BILLION PEOPLE throughout the world who use tobacco products, close to 80 percent live in low- or middle-income countries. About half of these individuals will die from cancer or other to​bacco-related diseases. But their smoking will result in more than personal harm: In low-income countries, tobacco addiction leads smokers to spend up to 30 percent of their income on tobacco products, depleting family funds needed for groceries, education and health cae.​​

Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., works with the World Health Organization to encourage countries to adopt comprehensive smoke-free laws and health care services that include smoking cessation.

​​To find more information and facts about worldwide tobacco use, like the one at left, visit the ASH website ​​​​