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Tobacco information:

Celebrities died from tobacco related illnesses

From WHO (World Health Organization):

In 1993, more than 3 million people had died of tobacco related illnesses globally.  

Currently, more than 4 million people die from tobacco related illnesses each year globally.

By 2030, more than 10 million people will die from tobacco smoking each year.

By 2050, about 500 million people would have been killed by tobacco related illnesses.

EACH YEAR, THE EQUIVALENT OF A LARGE CITY DIES FROM TOBACCO USE GLOBALLY.

From Health Canada: Each year over 45,000 people, the equivalent of a small city in Canada dies from tobacco use
 
Other statistics in Canada:

Murders -- 510;

Alcohol -- 1,900;

Car accidents -- 2,900;

Suicides -- 3,900;

Tobacco -- 45,000

Medical Facts

In Canada, smoking is the most important cause of preventable illness, disability and premature death. In 1996, greater than 45,200 deaths (29,229 male and 15,986 female) were caused by smoking -- more than 20% of all deaths among Canadians.1

In 1996, smoking prematurely killed three times more Canadians than car accidents, suicides, drug abuse, murder and AIDS combined.1-3

Accounting for over 45,200 deaths in 1996, smoking far exceeded the second most important preventable cause of death -- accidents (over 8,600 deaths).1,4

Compared with non-smokers, the risk of premature death is more than double among Canadian men and almost double among Canadian women who begin smoking by age 15.5

References

         Makomaski Illing EM, Kaiserman MJ. Mortality Attributable to Tobacco Use in Canada and its Regions, 1994 and 1996. Chronic Dis Can 1999; 20(3): 111-117

         Health Canada. Information: Deaths in Canada Due to Smoking. January 1999

         Statistics Canada, Health Statistics division, Vital Statistics Database, Custom Tabulation

         Statistics Canada. The Daily 1998 Apr 16

         Ellison, L., Morrison, H.I., de Groh, M., et al. Short Report, Health Consequences of Smoking among Canadian Smokers: An Update. Chronic Dis Can 1999; 20(1)

 

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