The State of Smoking and Tobacco in 2016
Everyone knows that smoking is very bad for your health. The dangers have been
well documented. Yet even in this day and age in 2016, there are still a billion
smokers in the world, which works out at approximately one in every seven people.
Unfortunately, almost four out of every five of these smokers live in low and middle
income countries and a lack of educational resources and access to free services
that assist with quitting tobacco smoking plays a significant part. Did you know that
only one in every three countries monitors tobacco use by repeating nationally
representative youth and adult surveys at least once every five years?
The statistics that surround smoking are still truly horrifying with eight million people
predicted to die annually from a tobacco-linked disease by 2030. 6 million people are
killed by tobacco on an annual basis currently in 2016.There are more than 4,000
chemicals in tobacco smoke and at least 250 of these chemicals are known to be
harmful. What is still very shocking is that more than 50 of these chemicals are
known to cause cancer.
Second hand smoking is still a major and a very serious issue and kills more than
600,000 people every year. This is the particular tobacco smoke that fills enclosed
spaces where smokers burn tobacco products such as cigarettes and pipes where
non-smokers are present. These non-smokers breathe in this smoke, which is not by
choice and worse still is the fact that almost half of all children frequently breathe in
air filled with second hand smoke in public places.
Initiatives to discourage tobacco consumption are still considerably lesser than they
should be considering the serious and often fatal implications of regular tobacco
consumption. These initiatives include; national smoking cessation services,
stopping illegal tobacco trade, increasing tobacco taxes and advertising bans on
tobacco products. This infographic created by purplebox vapours highlights the
serious harm that tobacco smoke is still causing in the world today.