Though Parisians are often the ones caricatured as perpetually (and nonchalantly) having cigarettes in hand, it's actually their neighbors to the east who light up the most. Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, and Russia all top the list of the world's biggest smokers, going through more than 2,000 cigarettes per person annually:
Cigarettes are most expensive in Norway, Australia, and Great Britain -- a pack of Marlboros would run a Norwegian more than $15:
Granted, most restaurant food, alcoholic beverages, and certain other goods in Norway are taxed heavily, too, but the country has also levied annually increasing taxes on tobacco in particular with the goal of discouraging its use.
People in the poorer nations seem to be much less likely to smoke -- the countries where people light up least are Cameroon, Chad, and Ethiopia -- though the reasons are likely a combination of cultural factors and a lack of disposable income. Studies have shown that while smoking is becoming less popular in high-income countries, it's rising in middle-income and poor countries, particularly among men with a low economic status. Women worldwide are also taking up smoking at an earlier age. The reason? Big Tobacco is aggressively moving into new markets in Africa and elsewhere, and, having found the male smoker market saturated, are increasingly targeting women with their ads.