The tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, with smoking remaining the number-one preventable cause of death worldwide. Currently, there are about 1.1 billion smokers worldwide – a seventh of the world’s population.
Every year, an estimated 7 million people die from tobacco-related diseases across the globe
Tobacco kills up to half of its users, while close to 900 000 of these deaths are non-smokers dying from second-hand smoke inhalation
Tobacco use costs the world more than $1 trillion in healthcare expenses and lost productivity every year
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