15 Facts About The Cigarette Industry That Will Blow Your Mind

by Jenny Novac on June 27, 2011

Though cigarette consumption is no where near as prevalent as it was in the last century, the tobacco industry is still raking in massive money. It made $614 billion in 2009.

China too is a booming market for cigarette consumption, with its size quadrupling since the 1970s.

All of the cigarettes smoked per year in the U.S. weigh as much as 350,000 VW Beetles

Cigarette filters, tips and tobacco packaging make up 38% of debris collected at the yearly International Coastal Cleanup

Each day 3,450 Americans between 12 and 17-years old smoke their first cigarette


The Imperial Tobacco Company holds more than half of the total cigarette market in India where it sells about 98 billion cigarettes per year


About 10 million cigarettes are sold every minute in the world


Growing and selling tobacco contributes about 10% to the Indonesian government’s revenues and provides millions of jobs


About 12 times more British people have died from cigarettes than died in World War Two

In one recent test, a burning cigarette produced hydrocarbons 7 times as quickly as car exhaust

Car Exhaust

Tobacco companies Reynolds American, Altria Group, and Lorillard had revenues of over $1.4 billion Q4 2010

Tobacco consumption

Cigarette consumption in Indonesia is now 7 times as great than it was in 1990. Similar patterns are seen across emerging Asia


Chinese cigarette consumption has quadrupled since the 1970s to about 350 million smokers

Chinese cigarette consumption

Number one tobacco company Phillip Morris employs more than 75,000 people all over the world.


About 250 million women smoke around the world compared to 1 billion men

Woman Smokes

The world smokes 15 billion cigarettes a day. It consumes only 1 billion cans of coke.

World Smokes

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