Facts About Smoking

As you well know, smoking is bad for your health, but despite this people continue to do it around the world. Here are some interesting (and frightening) facts about smokers worldwide:

Initial Facts

  • One third of adult males around the world smoke
  • Smoking rates are declining in the developed world but rising in the developing world
  • 10 million cigarettes are sold every minute – that’s 15 billion daily

World Health

  • Smoking is the single largest most preventable cause of disease and premature death
  • 1 in 5 deaths in the developed world can be attributed to tobacco products
  • 1 in 10 adults are killed by smoking-related diseases globally – that’s half of all smokers dying from smoking-related disease
  • Someone in the world dies of tobacco every 8 seconds
  • 50,000 deaths a year in the United States alone are due to secondhand smoke
  • 445 new cases of lung cancer a day can be attributed to cigarettes in the United States alone
  • Cigarette smoke kills more Americans than AIDS, drugs, homicide, fire, and car crashes combined
  • 12 times more British people have died from smoking than in World War Two
  • Smoking-related diseases cost the United States government $150 billion a year

Personal Health

  • Every cigarette smoked takes 5 minutes off of someone’s life – about the time it takes to smoke it
  • Half of long term smokers will die from smoking-related illness
  • Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 toxic or carcinogenetic (cancer causing) chemicals
  • 25% of all deaths from heart disease and 75% of chronic bronchitis can be attributed to smoking
  • Cigarettes are the number one cause of fire related death
  • The earlier you start smoking, the longer your habit will last, with 50% of those who start smoking in adolescence continuing to smoke for 20 years, and the more likely you are to die early due to smoking
  • Smoking related death is long and painful – a disease like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can give it sufferer several year of illness and painful symptoms before death

So before you start smoking, or if you want to quit smoking, think about these statistics. Scary, are they not?

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