Statistically Speaking

Last week, the FDA released 36 proposed covers for cigarette packs with intentionally graphic pictures and threatening captions in hopes of dissuading smokers from continuing the unhealthy habit. Even though the effects of smoking are widely known, the cigarette business is still a multi-billion dollar industry. Here are some statistics about the habit:

Smokers in the world today: 1.1 billion

Estimated number of smokers by the year 2025: 1.6 billion

Number of cigarettes purchased each minute in the world: 10 million

Milligrams of nicotine in an average cigarette: 8