As Statista’s Martin Armstrong reports, although aggressive pushes by the tobacco industry in some regions have led to recent rises in use among the population there, ‘last bastions’ of cigarette smoking are still holding on in already established markets.
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Russia is one such place, where 46 percent admitted to smoking cigarettes at least occasionally.
In Western Europe, Spanish respondents displayed similarly high levels of use (42 percent), while Germany was also close behind with 40 percent.
Kicking the habit as a nation to a greater degree were Canada and the United Kingdom, where a smaller share said they smoke – yet the proportions here were still at 30 percent.