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World Health Organization: Second-Hand Smoke Kills 600,000 A Year
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Edited on Thu Nov-25-10 08:32 PM by Hissyspit
Source: Reuters

Second-hand smoke kills 600,000 a year: WHO study

By Kate Kelland
LONDON | Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:52pm EST
(Reuters) - Around one in a hundred deaths worldwide is due to passive smoking, which kills an estimated 600,000 people a year, World Health Organization (WHO) researchers said on Friday.

In the first study to assess the global impact of second-hand smoke, WHO experts found that children are more heavily exposed to second-hand smoke than any other age-group, and around 165,000 of them a year die because of it. "Two-thirds of these deaths occur in Africa and south Asia," the researchers, led by Annette Pruss-Ustun of the WHO in Geneva, wrote in their study.

Children's exposure to second-hand smoke is most likely to happen at home, and the double blow of infectious diseases and tobacco "seems to be a deadly combination for children in these regions," they said.

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The WHO researchers looked at data from 192 countries for their study. To get comprehensive data from all 192, they had to go back to 2004. They used mathematical modeling to estimate deaths and the number of years lost of life in good health. Worldwide, 40 percent of children, 33 percent of non-smoking men and 35 percent non-smoking women were exposed to second-hand smoke in 2004, they found.

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Reuters Factbox: Tobacco - One of the world's biggest health threats

Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:52pm EST
(Reuters) - Passive smoking kills an estimated 600,000 people a year worldwide, which means it accounts for around one percent of all deaths, World Health Organization researchers said in a study on Friday.

Here are some facts about tobacco's impact on health:


* Tobacco kills up to half of its users. The World Health Organization describes tobacco use as "one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced."
* The annual death toll linked to tobacco is more than five million, and could rise to more than eight million by 2030 unless action is taken to control the tobacco epidemic.
* More than 80 percent of the world's one billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries.
* Total consumption of tobacco products is increasing globally, although it is decreasing in some wealthier nations.
* There are more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, of which at least 250 are known to be harmful and more than 50 are known to cause cancer.
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