According to a statement made on Thursday March 19 by the health campaign group World Lung Foundation (WLF) each smoking-related death brings $7,000 to the industry.
Each year, over 6 million people die from a smoking-related illness. In 2014, people smoked more than 5.8 trillion cigarettes, with a reported rise in tobacco use in China. This is quite a discrepancy if one were to compare the phenomenon to the situation in other countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, and Brazil where smoking rates have declined.
According to the report, the reason for the drop in tobacco consumers is the implementation of harsh tobacco control laws. In China, there are no such laws. The most populous country in the world “prides” itself with the 2,250 cigarettes smoked per person older than 15. There are only about 12 countries in the world with such high values.
In comparison to 1980, the average Chinese smoker consumes 50 percent more tobacco. This is a trait seen in many poor regions such as Africa and some Asian areas where smoking habits have been on the incline. In stable, wealthy countries, the situation is exactly the opposite.
Many developed countries implemented anti-tobacco regulations which include the prohibition of smoking in public spaces such as bars, restaurants and offices.
Unfortunately, the Tobacco Atlas showed that only 10 percent of the people around the world need respect such prohibiting laws. Furthermore, only 16 percent of the world’s population is covered by a complete some-free legislation.
These laws implemented only in a few countries, are efficient but only regionally. Low- and middle-income nations are still lacking legislature regarding the tobacco use. It is understandable why these countries now make up for more than 80 percent of the smokers and the smoking-related deaths.
According to the WLF and the American Cancer Society, in 2013 which was the last year with complete data from their global Tobacco Atlas, the tobacco industry had a profit of more than $44 billion. In the same time, 6.3 million people died because of smoking-related diseases, which is the equivalent of a $7,000 profit for each tobacco-related death.
The report also stated that if the smoking phenomenon continues, a billion people will lose their lives because of smoking and exposure to tobacco until the end of this century.
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