Definition: Prevalence of smoking, female is the percentage of women ages 15 and over who currently smoke any tobacco product on a daily or non-daily basis. It excludes smokeless tobacco use.
Gender differences in teenage smoking
The rates are age-standardized. See also: Thematic mapTime series comparison. Statistical Concept and Methodology: The limited availability of data on health status is a major constraint in assessing the health situation in developing countries.
Surveillance data are lacking for many major public health concerns. Estimates of prevalence and incidence are available for some diseases but are often unreliable and incomplete. National health authorities differ widely in capacity and willingness to collect or report information.
To compensate for this and improve reliability and international comparability, the World Health Organization WHO prepares estimates in accordance with epidemiological models and statistical standards. Smoking is the most common form of tobacco use and the prevalence of smoking is therefore a good measure of the tobacco epidemic. Tobacco use causes heart and other vascular diseases and cancers of the lung and other organs.
Given the long delay between starting to smoke and the onset of disease, the health impact of smoking will increase rapidly only in the next few decades. The data presented are age-standardized rates for adults ages 15 and older from the WHO. See also: Thematic mapTime series comparison Find indicator:. Rank Country Value Year 1 Montenegro Note: This was last updated on December 28,