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Quit & Win - Worldwide Tobacco Facts

  • Tobacco use is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced;

  • More people smoke today than at any other time in human history;

  • There are more than one billion smokers in the world. Of the 1billion smokers today,
    approximately 500million will die from tobacco;

  • Tobacco is the biggest killer, much bigger in dimension than all other forms of pollution;

  • Every 6 seconds worldwide, 1 person dies from tobacco use;

  • 9 out of 10 cancers are caused by smoking;

  • Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of premature death & diseases;

  • Almost half of the world's children breathe air polluted by tobacco smoke;

  • The epidemic is shifting from the developed areas (i.e. US/UK/AUS/CANADA/EUROPE) to the developing areas (i.e. ASIA/AFRICA/MIDDLE EAST). More than 80% of the world's smokers live in low- and middle-income countries (developing areas);

  • Tobacco use kills approximately 5.4 million people. Of these, half die within middle age (between 35 and 69 years)

  • It accounts for 1 in 10 adult deaths worldwide;

  • It is a risk factor for 6 of the 8 leading causes of deaths worldwide;

  • 100 million deaths were caused by tobacco in the 20th century. If these current trends continue, there will be up to 1 billion deaths in the 21st century.

  • If unchecked, tobacco-related deaths will increase to more than 8 million each year by 2030, and 80% of those deaths will occur in the developing areas.

  • No other consumer product is as dangerous, or kills as many people as tobacco does.

  • Tobacco kills more people than deaths relating to AIDS, legal drugs, illegal drugs, road accidents, murder, and suicide combined.

  • Prevalence of smoking within the UAE - Adult male 27.2 (21.9-32.5)  / Adolescent 16.0 (12.2-19.8) / Female 2.4 (0.5-4.4)
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