Tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death. The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which more than 600,000 are people exposed to second-hand smoke. Unless we act, it will kill up to 8 million people by 2030, of which more than 80% will live in low- and middle-income countries.
Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of cancer in the world. ( World Health Organization)
There are 1.1 billion smokers in the world today
17.3 million are in the philippines ( NSO, 2010)
Among youth (age 13-15), 55 percent are exposed to secondhand smoke at home and 65 percent exposed to secondhand smoke in public places
Almost half of men (48 percent) and 9 percent of women smoke
Smoking prevalence in the Philippines is among the highest in the world; consequently, cigarette prices in the country are among the lowest in the world.
Smokers die on average 15 years sooner than nonsmokers
Smoking kills 10 Filipinos every hour, or 80,000 every year (DOH)
A friendly reminder from The Medical City