Deaths

In 2011, tobacco use killed almost 6 million people, with nearly 80% of these deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries. Tobacco use in any form is dangerous and is the single most preventable cause of death. Up to half of all lifetime smokers will ultimately die of a disease caused by smoking, and men and women with comparable smoking patterns exhibit similar patterns of death.

Tobacco use is a major risk factor for death from heart attacks and strokes. Worldwide, smoking causes almost 80% of male and nearly 50% of female lung cancer deaths. Smoking increases the risk of tuberculosis (TB) infection, and 40 million smokers with TB are expected to die between 2010 and 2050. By the year 2030, 8 million people will die annually from tobacco use.

Since the first publication of the Tobacco Atlas a decade ago, the global number of deaths caused by tobacco has nearly tripled, from 2.1 million to almost 6 million annually.

Deaths from smoking are directly related to smoking prevalence and exposure to secondhand smoke. Smoking prevalence is higher among men than women. However, smoking rates are increasing among women, particularly young women, in many countries. Additionally, women are often the victims of secondhandsmoke exposure, illness, and death, particularly in countries with a high male and low female smoking prevalence. Worldwide, approximately 600,000 nonsmokers died in 2011 from involuntary exposure to secondhand smoke. Exposure to secondhand smoke most commonly occurs in the home, workplace, and public areas and is especially risky for infants, children, pregnant women, and fetuses.

Tobacco caused 100 million deaths during the twentieth century, and if current trends continue, approximately 1 billion people will die during the twenty-first century because of tobacco use.

Deaths caused by tobacco use are entirely preventable, and measures must be taken worldwide to prevent one person from dying every six seconds because of tobacco use and exposure.

Research Says :

Dying from smoking is rarely quick… and never painless.
Anti-smoking campaign, New York City, US, 2011

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