Which Country Consumes the Most Unmanufactured Tobacco in the World?

Tobacco February 09, 2018
Blog Blog  /  Tobacco
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

Global unmanufactured tobacco consumption amounted to 7,514 thousand tonnes in 2015, jumping by +4.8% against the previous year level. Overall, the global unmanufactured tobacco consumption indicated a pronounced growth from 2007 to 2015. The trend pattern, however, remained relatively stable, with only minor fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The total consumption volume increased at an average annual rate of +2.3%. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2011, when the output figure increased by +8% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, the global unmanufactured tobacco consumption reached its maximum volume in 2015, and is likely to continue its growth in the immediate term.

Top Unmanufactured Tobacco Consuming Countries in the World

1. China (2848K Tonnes)

2. India (469K Tonnes)

3. United States of America (415K Tonnes)

4. Brazil (403K Tonnes)

5. Indonesia (219K Tonnes)

Global Unmanufactured Tobacco Consumption

With nearly 2,848 thousand tonnes, China became the world’s leading unmanufactured tobacco consuming country, mixed up 40% of global consumption. The other major consumers were India (469 thousand tonnes) and the United States (415 thousand tonnes), with a share of 7% and 6%, respectively. Moreover, unmanufactured tobacco consumption in China surpassed the figures recorded by India sixfold. They were followed by Brazil with a 6% of global consumption share and Indonesia with a 3% share.

From 2007 to 2015, an average annual growth rate of unmanufactured tobacco consumption in China stood at +2.6%. The remaining consuming countries recorded the following average annual growth rates: India (+3.6% per year) and the United States (+1.9% per year).

Per capita tobacco (unmanufactured) in China was estimated at 2.02 kg/year, much higher than the global average of 0.69 kg/year. China was the leading country in terms of per capita consumption, among the main consumers of tobacco (unmanufactured), followed by Brazil (1.94 kg/year), the United States (1.29 kg/year), Indonesia (0.85 kg/year) and India (0.36 kg/year).

In Brazil, per capita tobacco (unmanufactured) consumption has grown noticably (+6.4% per year) in recent years. In 2015, Brazil per capita consumption reached 2.02 kg/year as compared with 1.18 kg/year in 2007.

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Source: World: Tobacco (Unmanufactured) - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025