Tobacco Smoking Kills
The world’s premier health organization, the World Health Organization (WHO) is quite blunt about the impacts of tobacco and smoking:
Tobacco smoking is the second major cause of death in the world.Tobacco kills nearly 6 million people each year (1 every 6 seconds)
It is currently responsible for the death of 1 in 10 adultsIt is the leading preventable causes of all deathsIt kills up to half of its users.
If current smoking patterns continue, it will cause some 8 million deaths each year by 2030
Tobacco caused 100 million deaths in the 20th century.
At current trends up to one billion will die in the 21st century from tobacco.On average, a smoker killed in middle age loses about 20 years of life expectancy compared to someone who has never smoked
An estimated 1.3 billion people smoke84% of all smokers live in developing and transitional economy countries
Most people start smoking before the age of 18; almost a quarter of these individuals begin using tobacco before the age of 1047.5% of all men smoke compared to 10.3% of women.
Tobacco is the fourth most common risk factor for disease worldwide.
Tobacco is deadly in any form or disguise:Cigarettes, pipes, bidies, kreteks, clove cigarettes, snus, snuff, smokeless, cigars…Mild, light, low tar, full flavor, fruit flavored, chocolate flavored, natural, additive-free, organic cigarettes, PREPS (Potentially Reduced-Exposure Products), harm-reduced…Second-hand smoke is also a very serious problem:Second-hand smoke causes 600,000 premature deaths per year.Of the over 4000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, at least 250 are known to be harmful and more than 50 are known to cause cancer.
An estimated 200,000 workers die every year due to exposure to smoke at work; The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that second-hand smoke is responsible for about 3000 lung cancer deaths annually among non-smokers in the country.
About 40% of all children are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke at home.
31% of the deaths attributable to second-hand smoke occur in children.
10% of the economic costs related to tobacco use are attributable to second-hand smoke.
In 2000, fire caused by tobacco smoking caused 10% of all fire deaths 300,000 deaths US$27 billion in costsTobacco companies spend tens of billions of dollars each year on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. One third of youth experimentation with tobacco is attributed to this spending