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Male death percentage from tobacco use in selected countries 2010

This statistic shows the countries with the highest percentage of deaths attributable to tobacco use/smoking among all male deaths in 2010. In Belarus, some 28 percent of all male deaths in 2010 were caused by tobacco use.

Consequences of smoking

Globally, North Korea has attributed 34 percent of the country’s deaths to smoking. Smoking-related deaths accounted for 31 percent and 30 percent of Turkey and Greece’s deaths, respectively.

Smoking can cause a wide range of diseases and health problems including cancers like lung and throat, heart diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and stroke. Ischaemic heart disease and stroke are among the leading causes of death in the world, accounting for 7.4 million and 6.7 million deaths annually, respectively. Tobacco use kills about half of those who smoke and is responsible for about six million deaths per year. Second-hand smoking can also cause similar diseases among non-smokers. Second hand smoke fills public spaces and even private homes when tobacco is being burned. However, many people living in developing countries still do not realize the dangers of smoking. Among those that understand the dangers of tobacco, many intend to quit. In 2011, 72.2 percent of smokers in Mexico claimed that they wanted to stop smoking.

Approximately 76 percent of men living in Thailand spent money on cigarettes instead of essential household inventory. There are currently about 42.1 million smokers in the United States. Due to a variety of health care problems and lost productivity, smoking has generated up to 289 billion U.S. dollars in costs in the country.

Countries with the highest share of smoking-related deaths among all male deaths in 2010

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March 2015



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