What are some smoking statistics

Smoking: Statistics on Relevant Facts

How much does smoking cost a year?

Smoking is expensive - every smoker knows that as soon as he buys a new box. On the one hand, this is due to the fact that cigarette prices have increased more and more in Germany in recent years. One of the reasons for this is that the tobacco tax in Germany is also rising more and more. The average price for a cigarette rose from 1997-2013 from 12.8 cents to 25.1 cents for factory cigarettes and from 3.9 cents to 8.7 cents for fine cut cigarettes. The tax portion has been 75% of the purchase price since 2015. In the past, however, the tobacco industry made clever use of tax increases to additionally raise prices and thus its profits unnoticed. On the other hand, the cost of smoking naturally depends on the amount you consume. The following table shows the costs for various consumption quantities at a pack price of € 6.50.

Cigarettes a day

costs per month

costs per year

Cost per 10 years

1/2 box97,50 €1.170 €11.700 €
1 box195,00 €2.340 €23.400 €
2 boxes 390,00 €4.680 €46.800 €

As you can see, with just half a pack of cigarettes you can save over € 1000 per day in the first year after you quit smoking! If your previous consumption is higher or if cigarette prices continue to rise in Germany, you will save even more.

What percentage of Germans smoke?

The proportion of smokers in Germany is 25.1%. This means that one in four smokes regularly. However, many different factors determine the smoking rate. Statistically, men smoke more often than women and young adults more often than older people. There are also regional differences: While the smoking rate is lowest in Thuringia and Saxony, there are significantly more smokers in Berlin and Hamburg. The following graphic shows the proportion of smokers by gender and age:

Smoking and statistics graph. (Modified from the short report Epidemiological Addiction Servey 2018)


Even if the overall smoking rate is declining, millions of people still use cigarettes every day and thereby damage their health.

How many smokers die each year from smoking?

Smoking is the greatest preventable health risk in the world. In Germany, 110,000 to 140,000 people die every year as a result of smoking. There are over 6 million people worldwide. Thus, tobacco use accounts for 15% of deaths in men and 7% of deaths in women.

What percentage of smokers get lung cancer?

Do smokers get more lung cancer than non-smokers? Men who smoke have a 30-fold higher risk of developing lung cancer than non-smokers. Smoking women expose themselves to 9 times the risk. In other words, 91% of lung cancer cases in men and 65% in women are due to smoking. With around 35,000 deaths from lung cancer in 2013 and 91% of men smoking, there are 31,850 smoke-related lung cancer deaths per year.

How long can a smoker live?

In theory, a smoker can also enjoy a long life. However, the life expectancy for smokers is shortened by an average of 9 years for a male smoker who smokes 10 cigarettes a day and by 7 years for women. With fewer than 10 cigarettes a day, the life expectancy of men and women is still 5 years shorter. However, since most smokers smoke more than 10 cigarettes, the lives of women who smoke are shortened by an average of 9 to 11 years compared to lifelong non-smokers. The good news is: the sooner you quit smoking, the more years you will gain!

How many people smoke in the world?

In 2015, 1.1 billion people smoked worldwide. The proportion of men is higher than the proportion of women. However, there are very large regional differences. In Indonesia, for example, over 66% of men smoke, but only around 2% of women. In Latvia and Russia there are also extremely high numbers of smokers, around 50% of men, and 20% of women. China is also one of these front runners among smoking men. The fewest smokers are in Ecuador, Ethiopia and Panama with around 7 to 4% for men and 2 to 0.2% for women. Germany, with its 25% smoking men and 17% smoking women, is slightly higher than our neighboring countries Austria (19 and 16%) and Switzerland (20 and 15%), but lower than France with 32 and 22% smokers respectively. The following graphic gives you an overview of the global percentage of smokers.


Numbers cannot be discussed away! Smoking is still the worst avoidable health hazard in the world, killing many people every day, polluting the environment and costing a lot of money. So start a long, vital life today and join the non-smokers team.

Share of smokers worldwide (wikimedia commons / Erik HK / CC BY SA 4.0)