Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)


Graph 1.

Tobacco use is a risk factor for six of the eight leading causes of death in the world
WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2008, page 9

Hatched areas indicate proportions of deaths that are related to tobacco use and are coloured according to the column of the respective cause of death.

*Includes mouth and oropharyngeal cancers, oesophageal cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, other cancers, as well as cardiovascular diseases other than ischaemic heart disease and cerebrovascular disease.

Source: Mathers CD, Loncar D. Projections of global mortality and burden of disease from 2002 to 2030. PLoS Medicine, 2006, 3(11): e442. Additional information obtained from personal communication with C.D. Mathers.

Source of revised HIV/AIDS figure: AIDS epidemic update. Geneva, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and World Health Organization (WHO), 2007.

The global tobacco crisis

Graph 2.

Tobacco kills one in two
WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2008, page 15

Graph 3.

Graph: Nearly two thirds of the world's smokers live in ten countries
WHO report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2008, p19.

Source: The number of smokers per country was estimated using adjusted prevalence estimates (see Technical Note II and Appendix III in the report). A limitation of this approach is that adjusted estimates used to estimate the number of smokers are sometimes derived from limited country data, and for some countries large adjustments are needed. In these cases the adjusted estimates can be different from actual surveys reported by countries. Brazil prevalence data were obtained from VIGITEL 2006.

The state of global tobacco control

Graph 4.

Tobacco control underfunded
WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2008, page 57