Smoking in 2016, Where Are We Now?

Smoking in 2016, Where Are We Now?

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Prevalence & Monitoring

 

  • There are 1 billion smokers in the world.

 

    • That is 1 in 7 people.
    • Almost 4 in 5 of the world’s smokers live in low & middle income countries.
  • Only 1 in 3 countries monitor tobacco use by repeating nationally representative youth & adult surveys at least once every 5 years.
  • 8 million people annually will die from a tobacco-linked disease by 2030.

 

 

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The Dangers of Tobacco & its Death Toll

4,000+

The number of chemicals in tobacco smoke.

 

250

The minimum number of these chemicals that are known to be harmful.

 

50+

Are known to cause cancer.

 

Up to ½

The number of its users that tobacco kills.

 

6 Million

The annual number of people killed by tobacco.

 

5 Million+

The number of deaths as a result of direct tobacco use through smoking.

 

600,000+

The number of deaths as a result of non-smokers being exposed to 2nd hand smoke.

 

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2nd Hand Smoke is Still a Major Issue

 

2nd hand smoke is the tobacco smoke that fills enclosed spaces where smokers burn tobacco products e.g. cigarettes & pipes. Almost ½ of all children frequently breathe in air that has been filled with tobacco smoke in public places.

There is no safe-level of exposure to tobacco smoke. It causes:

  • Coronary heart disease & lung cancer in adults.

 

  • Low birth weight in pregnant women.
  • Sudden death in infants.
  • 600,000+ premature deaths annually.

1.3 billion+ people are protected by national smoke-free laws.

That is still only a little over 1 in 5 people.

 

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Initiatives to Discourage Tobacco Consumption

 

National Cessation Services

    • Counselling & medication can more than double the chance of a smoker successfully quitting.
    • Only 24 countries have national comprehensive cessation services with full or partial cost-coverage to help smokers quit.
  • There is no cessation service in ¼ of low-income countries.

 

 

Stopping Illegal Trade

    • 1 in every 10 cigarettes consumed globally is illegal.
  • Stopping the illegal trade of tobacco would generate US$31 billion for governments in annual taxes.
  • It would also reduce 1 million premature deaths attributable to tobacco products every 6 years in middle & low-income countries.

 

 

Increasing Taxes

    • Increasing tobacco prices by 10%, decreases tobacco consumption by 4% in high-income countries & 5% in low & middle-income countries.
    • But, high tobacco taxes are rarely implemented.
  • Yet shockingly, tobacco tax revenues are still 269 times higher on average than spending on tobacco control.

 

 

Advertising Bans

  • Only 29 countries have completely banned all forms of tobacco advertising & sponsorship.
  • Almost 1 in 3 countries have minimal or no restrictions.

 

  • A comprehensive ban could decrease tobacco consumption by an average of 7%.

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References

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs339/en/

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2015/world-no-tobacco-day/en/

http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/170994/1/WHO_NMH_PND_15.3_eng.pdf?ua=1&ua=1

http://ash.org/resources/tobacco-statistics-facts/

 

Article by Steve Barnett @ http://purplebox.ie/collections/e-liquid-ireland

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#1 Iron pig fan on 08.19.16 at 12:05 AM

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