Russia’s population is the world’s ninth-largest. At 143 million, Russia has about 13% more people than 10th-ranked Japan. We wonder: On which of the following categories does Russia rank first worldwide?
A. Cigarette consumption
B. Defense spending
E. Natural gas reserves
F. Land area
G. Anti-corruption Continue reading →
Tobacco continues to pose one of the world’s largest public health challenges, killing 6 million people each year. It is smoked, chewed and otherwise consumed all over the world. With governments and international health organizations stepping up their efforts to curb tobacco use, we wonder: Which country produces more tobacco than any other?
Opiates, scientifically speaking, are compounds that occur naturally in opium poppy plants. Opioids, by contrast, are synthesized compounds derived from opium, which can also be addictive. We wonder: Which of the following countries has the largest share of its population using opioids?
Polio was a global scourge as recently as three decades ago. Since then, it has been on the decline worldwide. Polio has now been eradicated in the wild from all but two countries. We wonder: Which countries still have not halted transmission of polio from the wild?
In some countries, cigarettes are going the way of silent films. In others, smoking is catching on like wildfire. We wonder: What policies does the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend as effective anti-tobacco tools?
A. Higher tobacco taxes
B. Health warnings and marketing restrictions
C. More restraint in trade agreements
D. All of the above Continue reading →