Epidemiology

Smokeless tobacco use is a global epidemic affecting 121 countries and beyond. Over 350 million SLT users (351.9 million) live in 121 countries. Of these, 67% are men (232.7 million) and 33% are women (119.2 million). Nearly 95% (333.1 million) of global SLT users lived in developing countries and only 5% (918.8 million) lived in developed countries; 82.7% of global SLT users lived in the World Health Organization (WHO) South-East Asia Region. Globally, 90.4% of SLT users live in 11 countries of the world: India (237.4 million, 67.5%),Bangladesh (30.9 million), Myanmar (12.6 million), Pakistan (10.1 million), USA (9.6 million), China(4.1 million), Indonesia (3.2 million), Nepal (2.7 million), Madagascar (2.6 million), Germany and Uzbekistan (2.4 million each).
Source: Sinha et al., 2015