Peru may have already been knocked out in the group stages of the World Cup، after disappointing 1-0 defeats to Group C opponents France and Denmark، as the Daily Mail said. But if the tournament was based on stop smoking rates، not football، then the South American nation would have clinched the prestigious trophy. Researchers mocked-up the results using official statistics on the decline in smoking rates across all 32 competing nations between 2000 and 2015. The overall rates for each country are strictly estimates، but are based on data from national health authorities and the World Health Organization. Denmark، knocked out after losing a dramatic penalty shoot-out against Croatia in the last 16، would have reached the final of the mocked-up tournament، created to highlight how smoking rates have largely fallen across the world. And England، whose fans are still celebrating with chants of 'it's coming home' after beating Colombia on penalties in the round of 16 on Tuesday، would have reached the semi finals - before crashing out to eventual winners Peru. The Three Lions would have also come unstuck against Japan in the third place play-off، after triumphing against Poland and Sweden - who they play in the quarter finals of the real tournament tomorrow - in the knock-outs. Mark MacGregor، of Philip Morris Limited، which simulated the tournament and sells smokeless device IQOS، said: 'It's great to see England make the semi-final in the World Cup of Quitting Smoking. This shows just how effective the Government's forward-thinking approach to smoke free alternatives، such as vaping and heated tobacco، has been. 'With more widespread acceptance of these alternative products، we believe we could advance even faster by the time of the next World Cup.' England's smoking rate fell by 11.5 per cent between 2000 and 2015، according to figures from the Office for National Statistics and the NHS. Peru has seen a 23.7 per cent drop، while at the other end of the scale، Egypt has recorded a 5.9 per cent gain in the number of smokers.