A man smokes a cigarette on May 19, 2017. (AFP / NOEL CELIS)
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Every minute, smokers get through nearly 11 million cigarettes and 10 die from the habit, experts say, in an industry that generates billions of dollars.There are around one billion smokers in the world, about a seventh of the global population, according to World Health Organization (WHO) and other estimates.About 80 percent of the world's smokers live in low- and middle-income countries and 226 million of them are considered poor.Active or passive smoking kills more than seven million people every year, according to the WHO, with tobacco consumption blamed for the death of on average one person every six seconds.China is the leading producer of tobacco, growing about 40 percent of world's leaves, The Tobacco Atlas says.Smokers get through about 5.7 trillion cigarettes annually, The Tobacco Atlas says.
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