Tobacco is the second major cause of death in the world. It is currently responsible for the death of one in ten adults worldwide (about 5 million deaths each year). If current smoking patterns continue, it will cause some 10 million deaths each year by 2020. Half the people that smoke today—that is about 650 million people—will eventually be killed by tobacco. Each day in the WHO (Western Pacific Region), 3000 people die from tobacco use.
The Economic cost
The economic costs of tobacco use to society are staggering. The high price of treating tobacco-related diseases is compounded by productivity losses. Smokers are less productive workers, due to increased sickness. Deaths from tobacco often occur during the productive years of life, depleting a nation’s workforce.
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