Cigarette Production Dropped 2.3 Percent Last Year
After a small increase in 2003, global cigarette production declined 2.3 percent in 2004 to 5.5 trillion units. Per-capita production worldwide has not been this low since 1972.
China, the United States, Russia, and Japan, the four largest producers, manufacture just over half of the world's supply. In 2004, China produced 1.79 trillion cigarettes, 32 percent of the global total. Unlike China, whose people smoked 99 percent of the cigarettes produced domestically, the United States exported 24 percent of its total production of 499 billion.
Japan imported a net 63 billion cigarettes, making it a leading smoker at 2,190 cigarettes per person, 2.5 times the global average.
"Cigarette Production Drops," in Vital Signs 2005, pp. 70-71
Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control, http://www.fctc.org/