Prevalence of tobacco use
In 2009, smoking among men was highest in the WHO Western Pacific Region, with 51% of men aged 15 and above smoking some form of tobacco. Smoking among women was highest in the WHO European Region at 22%.
In all WHO regions except Europe, girls aged 13–15 years old are using tobacco at higher rates than women aged 15 and older. This could be a reflection of aggressive tobacco industry marketing to girls, particularly in lower- and middle-income countries. The high rates among girls is very concerning as these data suggest potential substantial increases for women in the near future. The rates at which adolescent boys use tobacco average around 18% globally.