A Look at Some of the Top Smoking Nations

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Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev declared war on tobacco Tuesday, calling for a ban on tobacco advertising, an end to smoking in public and a rise in the price of a pack. Russia's smoking rates are among the world's highest, led by Kiribati where 57 percent of the adult population lights up.

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Here's a look at the ways some other top smoking nations are trying to bring down the number of smokers:

An Athenian smokes a cigarette outside Panathenian marble stadium, where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896, in Athens, on Thursday, May 13, 2004. Greeks are among the most diehard smokers in the world, with studies suggesting at least 45 percent of the adult population is puffing. ((AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)


  • Percentage of adults who smoke: 52
  • Marlboro pack costs $4.80

Since 2009, most tobacco advertising is banned except in places where cigarettes are sold, and smoking is not allowed in public spaces. The smoking ban is widely ignored, and most bars still have ashtrays on tables.

In this Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, file photo two women smoke at a downtown street in the eastern Russian city of Vladivostok, where the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit is taking place. (Vincent Yu/AP Photo)


  • Percentage of adults who smoke: 42
  • Marlboro pack costs $2

Tobacco advertising is limited to marketing drives at bars and printed ads that carry health warnings. Smoking is prohibited on trains, airplanes and some other public places, but is allowed at most bars and clubs. Many cafes and restaurants have non-smoking areas.

Leka Zogu, the would-be king of Albania, smokes a cigarette on Tuesday, July 1, 1997, after accusing the Socialist Party of manipulating a referendum on the monarchy to make him lose. ((Dmitri Messinis/AP Photo)


  • Percentage of adults who smoke: 40
  • Marlboro pack costs $2.20

Tobacco advertising is banned in Albania, and the law prohibits smoking in bars, offices and other places where people gather, but the rules are sometimes flouted.

A man smokes a cigarette as he looks at election posters for opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party presidential candidate Ivailo Kalfin in Sofia, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011. (Valentina Petrova/AP Photo)


  • Percentage of adults who smoke: 37
  • Marlboro pack costs $3.50

A program introduced last year to limit tobacco advertising is commonly ignored, with celebrities commonly appearing on billboard ads. A full ban on smoking in indoor public spaces was imposed in June, meeting fierce opposition from restaurant owners who say they're losing up to 50 percent of their business.

Holding a cigarette in his typical manner Czech President Vaclav Havel enjoys a smoke in this Sept. 17, 1996, filer taken during a garden party in his private summer residence Hradecek in eastern Bohemia. Surgeons removed a malignant tumor from Havel's lung on Monday, Dec.2, 1996. (Tomas Turek/AP Photo/CTK)


  • Percentage of adults who smoke: 37
  • Marlboro pack costs $4

Advertising tobacco products is broadly banned except at points of sale. Smoking is banned in public places including train stations, but is allowed in bars and restaurants at the owners' discretion.


Sources: World Health Organization's Global Health Observatory Data Repository with contributions from AP correspondents.

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