Statistical yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2014

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This publication presents data for the 58 ESCAP member countries, as well as world, regional, sub-regional and economic aggregates for comparison. It offers current trends and emerging topics in the Asia-Pacific region, grouped around the themes of people, the environment, the economy and connectivity. It provides the international and regional community with key indicators, objective analyses of the current trends and emerging issues, along with data and charts. In order to maximize the comparability, the data is sourced exclusively from international agencies that adhere to the official global statistical standards.



Other health risks

While exposure to certain types of health risks in the Asia-Pacific region were low relative to other regions, the incidence of smoking among adult males in 2011 was higher in Asia and the Pacific than in any other region globally. Adult men in Asia and the Pacific on average are eight times more likely than females to be smokers: in 2011, the proportion of adult men in the region using tobacco at least occasionally was 40%, compared with 5% for adult women. While the region globally accounted for the highest incidence of smoking among adult men, it also had the lowest incidence of smoking among adult women. Among countries in the region with available data, all but two showed rates of smoking among adult men to be higher than among adolescent males. Adolescent females, on the other hand, had rates of smoking higher than the adult average in 64% of the Asia-Pacific countries with data.


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