Mortality and burden of disease from second-hand smoke
Situation and trends
Second-hand smoke was estimated to cause 603,000 deaths and 10.9 million DALYs in the year 2004, corresponding to 1.0% of deaths and 0.7% of DALYs. 379,000 of these deaths are from ischaemic heart disease, 165,000 deaths from lower respiratory infections in children under 5 years, 36,800 from asthma and 21,400 from lung cancer.
The largest number of deaths, with 281,000 per year, occur in women. 165,000 children younger than 5 years die from exposure to second-hand smoke, two-thirds of them in Africa and south Asia.