The use of tobacco has reached epidemic proportions across the world, and, despite efforts to overcome smoking tendencies, the problem is getting bigger every year. While smokers are fully aware that cigarettes do not give anything except harm to their health, they will ignore every warning until a sudden click and tell them that it is time to stop. So, instead of looking at the benefits of quitting, here are some facts that can put the level of problem in perspective.
Youth Smoking Statistics:
In 1997, the smoking reached its peak with 36.4 percent reporting among American youth who made cigarettes a try. According to a report of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this figure has been more than 10 percent since then. Around 6.5 trillion cigarettes are sold around the world each year which translates roughly about 18 billion cigarettes per day. Over 7000 chemicals are identified in cigarettes which is potentially harmful leads to cancer.
It is believed that the increasing popularity of flavored tobacco is considered to be the next public health hazard in adolescence. As of 2014, 73 percent of high school smokers and 56 percent of secondary school children reported the use of tasting tobacco. Meanwhile, 4.3 percent of secondary school students and 11.3 percent of high school students said using e-cigarettes. In addition, 2.2 percent of secondary school students and 5.8 percent of high school students reported using chewing tobacco, a practice which is strongly related to oral cancer.
Current health statistics
While smokers are often believed that lung cancer and other smoking diseases are “roll of dice” beyond their control, consider these facts:
- Tobacco kills half of all smokers today
- At the global level, tobacco causes six million deaths per year. It’s a death every five seconds.
- In the total number of deaths, 600,000 smokers came in contact with other smoke.
Every five cigarette you smoke reduces your life by five to 11 minutes throughout life, which can reduce your life expectancy for 12 years.
The Tobacco Industry Today
Every year around 6.5 trillion cigarettes are sold worldwide, which translates to approximately 18 billion cigarettes per day. It is a lucrative industry and regarding supply and demand, makes the fortune of the world the poorest of the world to a great extent. About 80 percent of the estimated one billion smokers in the world live in low- and middle-income countries. One of the estimated 33 million tobacco farm workers in the industry lives in more impoverished communities and areas.
In some of these countries, children have to be forced to work in fields to help pay family bills. This puts them and other agricultural workers at risk of green tobacco disease, due to the absorption of nicotine through to the skin by the operation of wet leaves, a disease.
While the United States has significantly reduced its share of tobacco farming over 180,000 farms in the 1980s to just over 10,000 today, it is still the fourth largest producer in the world. This is the fact that smoking-related diseases cost the U.S. more than $ 300 billion per year.