BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Bruneians smoke the least of all the countries in the world with 9.676 cigarettes consumed per person per year, China's Xinhua News Agency reported, citing the latest version of Tobacco Atlas list compiled in collaboration with American Cancer Society.
According to local daily the Borneo Bulletin, Andorra tops the list with an estimated 6,398 cigarettes consumed per person per year. Next up is another nation in Europe, Luxembourg.
China, whose people smoke more than 40 per cent of all cigarettes globally, sees a decline of cigarette use in recent years, but half of Chinese adult males continue to smoke cigarettes, Tobacco Atlas noted.
Health Minister Mohammad Isham said in his message for World No Tobacco Day 2018 on May 31 that smoking is a major risk factor for non-communicable diseases in the country.
A 2016 survey showed 20 per cent or 50,000 to 60,000 Bruneians aged between 18 to 69 are smokers.
Smoking in Brunei is prohibited in all enclosed public and work places, including shopping and eating areas, bus stations and government buildings.--NNN-BERNAMA
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK