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February 4, 2010
Smoking rates remain stubbornly high around the globe

According to the World Health Organization, while cigarette consumption is declining in some countries, the number of smokers worldwide is on the upswing. Those smokers also consume more cigarettes than ever.

Tobacco is considered the single most important risk factor for cancer, which the WHO says accounted for 7.4 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths) in 2004. More than 70% of all cancer deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries.


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On average, smokers increase their risk of lung cancer between 5 and 10-fold and in developed countries, smoking is responsible for upwards of 80% of all lung cancers. Using American data, 24% of men who smoke can expect to developing cancer during their expected life time. Recently, the spread of tobacco use to developing countries has led to papers describing similar patterns there.

The Global Tobacco Atlas, funded by the American Cancer Society and the World Lung Foundation, present data on the rates of cigarette smoking around the world. Below are maps showing overall consumption and consumption divided by male and female.

Annual cigarette consumption per person:

Percentage of males who smoke cigarettes:

Percentage of females who smoke cigarettes:

MedIndia, an Asian health portal, focused on smoking prevention in the developing world.

The WHO makes no qualms about the fact that in the absence of timely intervention, cancer can claim the lives of 84 million people worldwide between 2005 and 2015, with the low and middle-income countries bearing the brunt as compared to the industrialized ones… According to the forecasted figures for 2030, there are likely to be 20-26 million fresh cancer diagnoses and 13-17 million cancer related deaths. China, Russia, and India need to watch out and tackle the growing burden of cancer, attributed mainly to increase in use of tobacco, fatty diets, adoption of western habits, and demographic changes.

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#5

The information about the lethal consequences of smoking has been out there for a long time. You choose to smoke? Well if you can’t or won’t watch out for yourself, then you must accept the consequences. Along with a free society come free choices. Don’t play victim and blame others for lack of cures etc.,now that you are sick . I do not want to be responsible for paying the medical bills for those unable to afford to do so, because they made these bad choices.

#4

The information about the lethal consequences of smoking has been out there for a long time. You choose to smoke? Well if you can’t or won’t watch out for yourself, then you must accept the consequences. Along with a free society come free choices. Don’t play victim and blame others for lack of cures etc.,now that you are sick from do not want to be responsible for paying the medical bills for those unable to afford to do so, because they made these bad choices.

#3

By the way WIKI has some misinformation about the discovery date of betulinic Acid aginst Melinoma, it was discovered in 1974 at the University of IL

#2

There is no war on cancer and there should not be one on smoking. No war on Cancer ? But we spend billions a year on said war ? The war has been won long ago but the public was never told. When was the last time an American president died of cancer ? They have the cure, but, the sad fact is that the average citizen is not important enough to get it. Too much money is being made to treat cancer, a cure means less profits for the medical establishment. So let them smoke to their hearts content and let the profits be made. If you dare google Betulinic Acid and Melanoma, and you will be one step closer to the truth.

#1

Thank you Christopher Columbus - now the world is addicted. What we really want is peace of mind. That comes with ballanced human life(neohumanism). The companies that exploit human cravings for peace and happiness are bad folks!!!

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