6 Million People Killed By Tobacco In 2011, This Century Could Claim 1 Billion Lives

James Johnson - Author

Oct. 19 2016, Updated 6:21 a.m. ET

Tobacco deaths rose to 6 million in 2010 according to a joint report released by the American Cancer Society and World Lung Federation.

The report suggests that more than 1 billion people will die from tobacco related causes this century alone if trending numbers continue to climb.

The report’s co-author tells Bloomberg:

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“The tobacco industry is among the top 10 most influential industries in the world because of its sheer magnitude of wealth and sales.”

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The report goes on to note that nearly 80% of tobacco-related deaths occur in low and middle-income countries such as China where tobacco is the No. 1 cause of death. China also happens to be the largest producer and consumer of tobacco related goods. According to the study 38% of all cigarettes in 2009 were smoked in China.

To persuade Chinese smokers to give up the deadly habit of cigarette smoking the World Health Organization has suggested that excise taxes should be tripled in the region. While those taxes might help stave off some smokers China’s Minister of Industry and Information Technology Miao Wei notes that prices in the country are already “quite high” yet people find a way to afford their tobacco related products.

The study also revealed the massive amount of money currently being generated for tobacco sales. The tobacco industry has become an industry that earns $500 billion annually with the six largest tobacco company’s earning $35.1 billion in 2010.

Do you think governments around the world need to take a stand against smoking to curb the high cost of medical care for smokers over the long-term?


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