http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style ... 90583.html
This really stood out:
"...they have risen from 5,000 billion sticks a year in the 1990s to 5,900 billion a year in 2009. They now kill more people annually than alcohol, Aids, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined."
So, consumption has increased, not decreased. Moreover, tobacco is killing more people than crime. That should be a crime, but isn't.
I've always found tobacco so disgusting. It really is an evil that should be eradicated, but is so pervasive in the world. Here in Japan they are only now slowly starting to seriously provide for non-smokers. Some trendy places like Starbucks are smoke-free, but the lot of places welcome smokers. You can't have a coffee in a lot of places without walking away with your clothes smelling like an ashtray. In China it was worse. I had to take an 18 hour train ride and nearly everyone inside the car smoked. There was a big sign at the front prohibiting smoking, but nobody cares.