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According to the World Health Organization, tobacco use is the world’s leading cause of preventable death worldwide. Tobacco kills nearly 6 million people each year and accounts for one in 10 deaths among adults. Additionally, tobacco use contributes to 6 of the 8 leading causes of death worldwide, many of which are avoidable. An estimated $500 billion is spent each year on health care expenditures, productivity losses, fire damage and other costs due to tobacco use.
The tobacco use burden on global health is disproportionately distributed. More than half of the tobacco related deaths occur in low and middle income countries. Two thirds of tobacco use is attributable to just 10 countries: China, India, Indonesia, Russia, USA, Japan, Brazil, Bangladesh, Germany and Turkey. Asia Pacific is responsible for 60% of all tobacco use. Worldwide, more men smoke than women at a ratio of 4 to 1; however, increasingly more women are becoming smokers. As a result, many households are exposed to secondhand smoke, which is responsible for 600,000 more deaths annually – a quarter of which are children.
Less than 10% of the world’s population lives in countries that fully protect citizens with key tobacco control policies. Tobacco use killed 100 million people in the 20th century and, if current trends persist, tobacco will kill one billion people in the 21st century.
WHO created the TFI in 1998 to focus international attention, resources, and action on the global tobacco epidemic.
WHO FCTC is an international, evidence-based treaty negotiated under WHO that was developed in response to the globalization of the tobacco epidemic.
The CDC’s Global Tobacco Surveillance System Data (GTSSData) houses and displays data from four tobacco-related surveys conducted around the world.
World Lung Foundation (WLF)
WLF works to improve the lives of individuals across the world by strengthening community capacity to prevent and manage lung disease.
The Union brings innovation, expertise, solutions and support to address lung disease and tuberculosis in low- and middle-income populations.
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use around the world.
GSP is a global partnership dedicated to promoting effective smoke-free air policies worldwide.
CDC Morbidity and Mortality Report: Health-Care Provider Screening for Tobacco Smoking and Advice to Quit - 17 Countries, 2008-2011
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