The World Health Organization, WHO, has said that active or passive smoking kills more than seven million people every year.
According to the United Nation’s agency, China has the highest number of smokers in the world. About 315 million out of its1.3 billion population are smokers and they consume more than a third of the world’s cigarettes.
There are around one billion smokers in the world, about a seventh of the global population, says the World Health Organization (WHO) and other estimates.
Experts say tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death, with tobacco consumption blamed for the death of an average of one person every six seconds.
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Cancers, heart attacks, strokes and lung disease are reportedly the main diseases associated with tobacco.
Over the 20th century tobacco claimed 100 million lives — more than the 60-80 million deaths during World War II and the 18 million in World War I combined.
According to WHO, tobacco could account for more up to a billion deaths in the 21st century at current rates. The UN agency also says around the world, 4.3 million hectares (10.6 million acres) of land is used to grow tobacco, the WHO says, an area about the size of Switzerland.
Culled from AFP report