Tobacco Industry Tactics and Plans to Undermine Tobacco Control Efforts (2012)

Tobacco is the only product in the world that kills half of its users.

Tobacco use kills nearly 6 million people every year, 600 000 of whom were exposed to second-hand smoke. Every 6 seconds someone dies from tobacco. Half of current tobacco users will eventually die from a disease associated with its use. Deaths related to tobacco are expected to rise to 7.5 million by 2020, which will account for 10% of deaths worldwide. However, if current trends continue, tobacco will kill nearly 8 million people every year throughout the period leading to 2030. Most tobacco-related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Unless counter measures are taken, tobacco will kill more than 1 billion people in the 21st century

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