Here`s some facts on Tobacco use

More than one billion smokers are there in the world.

Rates of smoking have declined in developed countries, but continue to rise in developing countries.

More than 80% of the world`s smokers live in low- and middle-income countries.

Nearly 5 million deaths occurred each year in the world because of smoking.

Tobacco use causes 100 million deaths in the 20th century. If current trends continue, there will be up to one billion deaths in the 21st century.

Tobacco kills up to half of all users, it is also a risk factor for six of the eight leading causes of deaths in the world.

A cigarette filter can take between 18 months and 10 years to decompose

If remain unchecked, tobacco-related deaths will raise to more than eight million a year by 2030, and 80% of those deaths will take place in the developing world.

Almost half of the world`s children breathe air polluted by tobacco smoke.

Second-hand smoke causes 600,000 premature deaths per year.

Compiled by: Salome Phelamei

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