Smoking In 2016 feature

Smoking in 2016 – Where Are We Now?

The statistics below give us even more reason to fight for our rights to use non-tobacco vaping devices! Vaping ejuice DOES NOT contain tobacco and should not be regulated like tobacco products.

Considering the harm of tobacco cigarettes and the statistics that show vaping can help people reduce their tobacco addiction and even quit all together, governments and health organizations should stop banning ecigarettes!


Prevalence & Monitoring

  • There are 1 billion smokers in the world.
  • That is 1 in 7 people.
  • Almost 4 in 5 of the world’s smokers live in low and middle income countries.
  • One 1 in 3 countries monitor tobacco use by repeating nationally representative youth and adult surveys at least once every 5 years.
  • 8 million people annually will die from a tobacco-linked disease by 2030.

The Dangers of Tobacco & Its Death Toll

  • 4000+ – the number of chemicals in tobacco smoke
  • 250 – the minimum number of these chemicals that are known to be harmful
  • 50+ – are known to cause cancer
  • 600,000+ – the number of deaths as a result of non-smokers being exposed to secondhand smoke.
  • Up to 1/2 – the number of its users that tobacco kills
  • 5 Million+ – The number of deaths as a result of direct tobacco use through smoking
  • 6 Million – The annual number of peole killed by tobacco

Secondhand Smoke Is Still a Major Issue

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Secondhand smoke is the tobacco smoke that fills the enclosed spaces where smokers burn tobacco products, e.g. cigarettes and pipes.

Almost half of all children frequently breath in the air that has been filled with tobacco smoke in public places.

There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke. It causes:

  • Coronary heart disease and lung cancer in adults
  • Low birth weight in pregnant women
  • Sudden death in infants
  • 600,000+ premature deaths annually

1.3 billion+ people are protectged by national smoke-free laws. That is still only a little over 1 in 5 people.

Initiatives to Discourage Tobacco Consumption

National Cessation Services

  • Counseling and medication can more than double the chance of a smoker successfully quitting.
  • Only 24 countries have national comprehensive cessation services with full or partial cost-coverage to help smokers quit.
  • There is no cessation service in 1/4 of low-income countries.

Stopping Illegal Trade

  • 1 in every 10 cigarettes consumed globally is illegal.
  • Stopping the illegal trade of tobacco would generate US $31 billion for governments in annual taxes.
  • It would also reduce 1 million premature deaths attributable to tobacco products every 6 years in middle and low-income countries.

Increasing Taxes

  • Increasing tobacco prices by 10% decreases tobacco consumption by 4% in high-income countries, and 5% in low and middle-income countries.
  • But high tobacco taxes are rarely implemented.
  • Yet shockingly, tobacco tax revenues are still 269 times higher on average than spending on tobacco control.

Advertising Bans

  • Only 29 countries have completely banned all forms of tobacco advertising and sponsorship.
  • Almost 1 in 3 countries have minimal or no restrictions.
  • A comprehensive ban could decrease tobacco consumption by an average of 7%.

References and Resources

  • World Health Organization
  • World No Tobacco Day
  • Illegal Trade of Tobacco Products Publication
  • ASH-Action on Smoking & Health

  • Guest post submitted by Steve Barrett with purplebox vapours

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