Tobacco kills over 8 million people every year, with most of these deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries.
Every day, more than 21,000 people die from tobacco use. Most tobacco-related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, areas that are targets of intensive tobacco industry marketing. Unless urgent action is taken, tobacco will continue to kill more people every year.
Tobacco can also be deadly for non-smokers. Secondhand tobacco smoke contributes to heart disease, cancer, and other diseases, causing an additional 600,000 premature deaths annually.
The scale of this human tragedy is shocking, but it’s also preventable. Big Tobacco — along with all manufacturers of tobacco products — is fighting to ensure the dangers of their product are concealed, but we are fighting back.