6 Million Lives Lost Due to Tobacco Use

According to the Tobacco Atlas, six million lives were lost due to tobacco use in 2011. They also said about 600,000 people died from secondhand smoke exposure in 2011, and nearly 75 percent of those were women and children. The most recent version of the atlas was presented at a conference in Singapore. In the 10 years since the first one was published, about 50 million people have died from tobacco use. The number one cause of death in China, Turkey and Kazakhstan is tobacco use. By 2030 it could be causing 3.5 million deaths a year in China.

The top six tobacco companies in the world had 35 billion dollars in revenue for 2010. The whole industry takes in about 500 billion per year.

Tobacco Atlas is a publication of the World Lung Foundation, and the American Cancer Society. The book is useful for government administrators, public health officials and interested parties who want to understand the impact of tobacco on society and how well organized the tobacco industry is. The book has a companion website where you can see statistics, information about the authors and more.

Too many children are smoking as well. A press release from the U.S. Surgeon General states 3,800 children start smoking in the U.S. every day. Ninety percent of current smokers started before 18, so it is very important to educate teens about the very negative impact of smoking before they start.

“Evidence shows that advertising by Big Tobacco not only encourages youth to start using tobacco, but also encourages them to keep using these deadly and addictive products,” says the recent press release.

Children in Indonesia start smoking long before American children do. About two percent of children there start before they are four years old.

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Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W4 years ago

Hmmm... and tobacco is still legal...

Diane B.
Diane B4 years ago

A baby is born in India nearly every second, making it the fastest growing country in the world. India’s population is expected to surpass that of China, currently the world’s most populous country, in only 14 years.

And in a mere decade, scientists said we’ll be preparing to welcome the 8 billionth person into the world.
6 million is a big number but seems small compared to that.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Dale Overall

Yes No B. you are a smoker and everyone will die from something--just don't let it be from your second hand smoke!

Jane B is ranting tonight or today. Does she ever come up for air?

The cigarette industry cares little for health, just profit.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Angela N.
Angela N5 years ago


Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago

As a reformed smoker I say tax the hell out of them so more people stop using tobacco products. And, any patches to help you quit should be covered by your health care and sold at cost.

Patty G.
Patty G5 years ago

Jane B. Sounds like you have a problem. I agree without tobbacco people couldn't smoke, but to blame God? Ridiculous!! He gave everyone a free will to behave the way they want. They do that by choice. You say there is no God. Your living in His world that he made for all of us. Believe what you want, do as you please, but don't blame the God that allowed you to be born and spew on him. Insecticides on Tobacco leaves cause problems as well. We never had problems with e coli, and salmanilla and all the other crap going around now.So blame all you want, its the human race gone to hell, not your maker God.

Sandy Maytham
Sandy Hare5 years ago

Smoking and alcohol are both devastating to you and your families lives!

Rin S.
Rin S5 years ago

There is no use for cigarettes, seriously. My best friend has recently taken up smoking, to look 'cool'. She's 15 years old. Not to mention she always blows the smoke in our faces even when we tell her not to.