12 July 2006

Smoking to kill one billion in 21st century

Smoking will kill one billion people over the course of the 21st century if people continue to smoke at the current rate, the American Cancer Society said on Tuesday. Tobacco use killed 100 million smokers over the past century - half of them in developing countries, according to two new reference guides on tobacco and cancer released by the US society.

The studies, published in The Cancer Atlas and The Tobacco Atlas, said that 300 million lives could be saved over the next 50 years if smoking was cut in half. The research notes that tobacco is the only product consumed by humans that kills more than half of its regular users, "with more than half of those deaths occurring between the ages of 30 and 69."

The study found that some one billion men and 250 million women currently smoke cigarettes and that the "global burden of cancer" is increasingly shifting from developed to developing countries.

1 comment:

Chia said...

I quit smoking years ago and its the best thing I ever did !!

Greetings from The Netherlands.

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