Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2011

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control


Tobacco's toll on human life

  • The tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year, of whom:
    • more than 5 million are users and ex users
    • more than 600 000 are nonsmokers exposed to second-hand smoke

  • After high blood pressure, tobacco use is the biggest contributor to the epidemic of noncommunicable diseases — such as heart attack, stroke, cancer and emphysema — which accounts for 63% of deaths
  • Smokers are more susceptible to certain communicable diseases, such as tuberculosis and pneumonia
  • No consumer product kills as many people and as needlessly as does tobacco. It killed 100 million people in the 20th century. Unless we act, it could kill up to 1 billion people in the 21st. All of these deaths will have been entirely preventable