Find out the fatal tobacco facts (Issued by the World Health Organization)
- There are more than one billion smokers in the world.
- Cigarette smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals.
- 69 of these 7,000 chemicals are known to cause cancer.
- Smoking is the leading cause of 90% of lung cancer deaths
- Almost half of the world’s children breathe air polluted by tobacco smoke.
- More than 80% of the world’s smokers live in low- and middle-income countries.
- Tobacco use kills 5.4 million people a year – an average of one person every six seconds – and accounts for one in 10 adult deaths worldwide.
- Tobacco kills up to half of all users.
- 100 million deaths were caused by tobacco in the 20th century.
- If current trends continue, there will be up to one billion deaths in the 21st century. If we do not act now, tobacco-related deaths will increase to more than eight million a year by 2030, and 80% of those deaths will occur in the developing world.
(source: WHO Tobacco Facts)