The third edition of The Tobacco Atlas was unveiled at the LiveSTRONG Global Cancer Summit in Dublin, Ireland on Tuesday this week.
The atlas, published by the American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation, displays how tobacco impacts global health and economies and tracks the progress and outcomes of tobacco control.
Tobacco use will kill nearly 6 million people next year from cancer, heart disease, emphysema and a range of other ills, global cancer experts said in the report, and estimated costs to the global economy of $500 billion a year in direct medical expenses, lost productivity and environmental harm.
Tobacco accounts for one out of every 10 deaths worldwide and will claim 5.5 million lives this year alone, the report said.
If current trends hold, by 2020, the number will grow to an estimated 7 million and top 8 million by 2030.
Almost 1 billion men and approximately 250 million women in the world smoke. The report indicates male smoking rates have now peaked, and trends in low-and middle-resource countries indicate slow but sure declines. However, this extremely slow trend is progressing over decades while, in the meantime, tobacco is killing about 5 million men every year. In general, higher-educated men are abandoning tobacco addiction, leaving the smoking habit to poorer, less-educated men.
China deserves special mention because of the enormity of the tobacco problem and the danger it poses. Nearly 60 percent of Chinese men are smokers, and the country consumes more than 37 percent of the world’s cigarettes. China’s monumental addiction is, according to Philip Morris, “the most important feature on the landscape.”
Escalating health and economic tolls imposed by tobacco threaten to impede the stable development of this major world power.
Important findings from the report: (download your own copy at www.tobaccoatlas.org)
- Smoking rates among women are either stable or increasing in several southern, central and eastern European countries.
- The risk of dying from lung cancer is more than 23 times higher for men who smoke than for nonsmokers and 13 times higher for women smokers.
- Tobacco kills one-third to one-half of those who smoke. Smokers die an average of 15 years earlier than nonsmokers.
- 50 million Chinese children, mostly boys, will die prematurely from tobacco-related diseases.
- Tobacco use will eventually kill 250 million of today’s teenagers and children.
- Nearly one-quarter of young people who smoke tried their first cigarette before the age of 10.
- Occupational exposure to secondhand smoke kills 200,000 workers every year.
- China by far leads the world in cigarette production followed by the United States, Russia and Japan.
“One hundred million people were killed by tobacco in the 20th century. Unless effective measures are implemented to prevent young people from smoking and to help current smokers quit, tobacco will kill 1 billion people in the 21st century,” the report predicts.
Publicly traded cigarette makers include Altria Group Inc’s Philip Morris unit, Reynolds American Inc’s R.J. Reynolds Tobacco and Lorillard Inc’s Lorillard Tobacco Co.
Dr. G comments:
“Why aren’t the chief executives of these “Angels of Death” companies put on trial in a War Crimes court like The Hague for crimes against humanity?
Please send me your thoughts, someone has to stand up to this genocide.”
5 Replies to “Tobacco to Kill 6 Million Next Year”
Those are interesting statistics, but my question is how may a person who smokes three to four cigarettes a day quit smoking? Do you have any recommendations? (I am extremely health oriented, and have not been able to cease smoking completely. I am not so much concerned with living 15 hears longer, but would like a better quality of life with the freedom from tobacco products, which would be inclusive of tobacco replacement products like nicorette, or products known to be toxic such as chantix.)
Again, please feel free to send me any recommendations on natural alternatives for smoking cessation. I already have much knowledge of the dangers of smoking; and have been unable to quit, even with that knowledge.
By the way, my friend, Sam Freeman (from Tucson, AZ) sent me this message originally.
Addition to previous message: I have also been diagnosed with MS. I started smoking at the age of 11, and now am 48. I know that it should be easy to stop smoking 3 cigarettes a day, but I have not been success ful. I am doing an excercise class (with Sam Freeman, ret. PT), acupuncture, Iyengar Yoga, and seeing an Ayervedic practitioner. I am not taking traditional medication for MS. Even though 3 cigs doesn’t sound like a lot to most people (including my neurologist), it does take away my physical energy significantly. Again, I am open to any suggestions, Dr. Garland.
Just one cigarette takes no less than 7 minutes off your lifespan, according to exhaustive research from The London College of Surgeons who analyzed autopsy reports going back AS LONG AS RECORDS HAVE BEEN KEPT. Multiple Sclerosis in particular is terribly amplified by cigarette chemicals and nicotine entering the Central Nervous System.
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7: Exercise each and every day for the lungs to get as much oxygen as possible.
8: Buy some party balloons. Blow these up, five at a time, each day. This is what has saved lung cancer, emphysema patients, pneumonia patients of mine recover far faster. An amazing and very inexpensive therapy I discovered in Rajasthan, India.
9: If you are religious or believe in a Higher Power, pray to Him or this Power to help you quit. It is not easy without help.
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Please, I need help to REALLY quit smoking. I’ve tried everything & it only gets worse.
Sandee, please call our Customer Support team at 877-975-9080 for assistance. It is no small feat to quit smoking, as nicotine is very addictive, more so than morphine and other drugs.
We have tremendous success helping people manage the initial nicotine withdrawal stages, and just as importantly breaking the habitual mental associations, such as smoking while drinking coffee, after a meal, as a “smoke break” at work.
For inspiration, read Arthur’s story, http://www.askdrgarland.com/?p=2534, of how we helped him to quit smoking after 46 years!