Death and Harm
Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body, and 6 million people worldwide die annually from tobacco use. This page provides links to death rates around the world, health consequences of smoking, and information on specific conditions caused by tobacco use such as lung cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Certain populations smoke at higher rates than the general population. This chapter of The Tobacco Atlas explores tobacco comorbidities among special populations, including individuals who excessively use alcohol, have a mental illness or other diseases, such as TB or HIV/AIDS.
The Tobacco Atlas provides an interactive map shows the prevalence of male and female deaths due to tobacco use by country. Use the “Filter by” function near the map to switch between male and female data. This link also provides general information about the death toll of tobacco and disparities in tobacco-related deaths.
The fourth in the series, the 2013 report presents the status of the MPOWER measures, with country-specific data updated and aggregated through 2012. In addition, the report provides a special focus on legislation to ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship (TAPS) in WHO Member States and an in-depth analyses of TAPS bans were performed, allowing for a more detailed understanding of progress and future challenges in this area.
HINTS is a national survey uniquely dedicated to learning how people find, use, and understand health information. The tobacco module includes such topics as e-cigarettes, FDA regulation, harm reduction, and smoking cessation.
Fifty years after the release of the first Surgeon General’s report warning of the health hazards of smoking, we have learned how to end the tobacco epidemic. Over the past five decades, scientists, researchers and policy makers have determined what works, and what steps must be taken if we truly want to bring to a close one of our nation’s most tragic battles—one that has killed ten times the number of Americans who died in all of our nation’s wars combined.Evidence in this new report shows tobacco’s continued, immense burden to our nation—and how essential ending the tobacco epidemic is to our work to increase the life expectancy and quality of life of all Americans.
This FDA document provides a comprehensive list of the established 93 harmful and potentially harmful constituents in tobacco products and smoke and provides guidance on how companies can comply with the requirement to report on the quantities of potentially harmful chemicals in tobacco products.
This 2012 report provides information by country on the proportion of adult deaths attributable to tobacco by major communicable and non-communicable causes by age and sex