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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tobacco Kills 50 Million People

American Cancer SocietyAmerican Cancer Society (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Tobacco continues to be one of the world’s leading causes of death with fifty million people worldwide having died from tobacco-related causes over the past decade, according to a new report by the World Lung Foundation and the American Cancer Society.

The WLF and the ACF estimates that if things continue the way they have been going a billion people will die from tobacco use and exposure in this century.

Fortunately, smoking in the developed world is on the decline, but sadly, rates are climbing in the third-world, according to The Tobacco Atlas. Worldwide, 6 million people died from tobacco related illness' last year, almost 80 percent occurring in low and middle-income countries.

In China, tobacco kills more people than anything else, with 1.2 million deaths per year, according to The Tobacco Atlas. It is expected that by 2030, 3.5 million people will lose their life a year, Reuters reports.

Unbelievably, the world’s six biggest tobacco companies made $35.1 billion in profits in 2010, an amount equal to the combined earnings of Coca-Cola, Microsoft and McDonald’s.

“The tobacco industry thrives on ignorance of the true harms of tobacco use and using misinformation to subvert health policies that could save millions,” Peter Baldini, Chief Executive Officer of the World Lung Foundation, said in a news release.
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