Smoking cigarettes is much more dangerous than we believed. More than 10% of deaths are caused by this bad habit. A new research shows that half of these deaths occurred in four countries including India, the US, Russia, and China. Despite the fact that there are hundreds of tobacco control policies, the number of smokers is increasing.
Higher risk of death caused by smoking cigarettes
People who smoke have a higher risk of dying than non-smokers. This new study also predicted that the mortality rate might increase due to the fact that cigarette companies are targeting new markets in developing countries.
The research that was published in the journal The Lancet showed the effects of smoking. Dr. Emmanuela Gakidou, the leader of the study mentioned that 1 in 4 men is a smoker. To put it in other words, more than 20% of the global population smokes daily. This is a concerning number. Apparently, tobacco control policies don’t have the expected effect on the population.
Smoking cigarettes is considered to be the second biggest risk factor for disability and early death. Reports show that more than 1 billion people are smokers. Women are less likely to smoke compared to men. Only 1 in 20 women develops this habit.
Higher Taxes Reduced The Number Of Smokers
Since 1990, the number of smokers was reduced from 1 in 12 women and 1 in 3 men. Despite this fact, the population also increased and this means that the overall number of people who smoke also rose. Tobacco-related deaths also experience a rise in numbers with more than 4,5%. More than 6.4 million deaths in 2015 were caused by smoking cigarettes.
Some countries did manage to decrease the number of smokers. One of those countries is Brazil. There the number of smokers declined from 19% to 8% among women and from 29% to 12% among men. This changed happened in more than 25 years.
On the contrary, the number of people smoking cigarettes has increased in Russia. Among women, the rise was 4%. In Africa, there are the same trends. People are starting to lit up more in that area. There are also countries which did not see any change between 1990 and 2015. Some of these countries include Indonesia, the Philippines, and Bangladesh.
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