While rates of smoking have leveled off or declined in the developed world over time, they continue to rise in developing nations.
As of 2002, approximately 5.5 trillion cigarettes are produced globally each year and are smoked by over 1.1 billion people or more than one-seventh of the world population.
Czechs belong among the biggest addicts within Europe. In 2011, average consumption reached over 2,000 cigarettes per capita, according to the PMI estimates. This puts the Czech Republic among the biggest smokers in the world, together with Greece, Slovenia, Ukraine and Bulgaria.
Some 17 member states have already implemented full bans on indoor smoking within the EU. The strictest of these – which do not permit smoking even in designated ventilated areas – are found in the UK, Bulgaria and Spain. It is mostly in Eastern Europe where smoking in bars and restaurants is still found