Is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths globally. Male and female smokers loose an average of 13.2 and 14.5 years of life respectively.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that tobacco caused 5.4 million deaths in 2004and 100 million deaths over the course of the 20th century. The United States Centres for Disease control and Prevention describes tobacco use as “the single most important preventable risk to human health in developed countries and an important cause of premature death worldwide.
- Smoking commonly leads to diseases affecting the heart and lungs. It is a major risk factor for heart attacks, cancers (lungs, mouth, head and neck, breast, pancreas, bladder, kidney, oesophagus and stomach), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and emphysema.
- Smoking poses a significant threat to pregnant women who smoke. It causes miscarriages and it contributes to a number of other threats to the health of the unborn child.
- Make the decision to stop smoking today and live a healthier life. A year after quitting, the risk of contracting heart disease is half of that of a continuing smoker.
Image derived from Tobacco Use-CDC Vital Signs-September 2010.pdf