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Updated May 29, 2021 at 7:37 AM CT

Number of smokers jumps to 1.1B worldwide

        A new study published in The Lancet suggests there were a record 1.1 billion smokers worldwide in 2019, and nearly 8 million related deaths.

 Researchers warn progress against the prevalence of smoking tobacco use has slowed in the last 10 years in many countries, and population growth is resulting in an increasing number of smokers.

“Countries have a clear and urgent opportunity to pass strong, evidence-based policies to accelerate reductions in the prevalence of smoking and reap massive health benefits for their citizens,” study authors wrote.

The study looked at data on 204 countries and territories as part of the Global Burden of Diseases 2019 study, per FoxHealth.

“Unlike other risk factors, such as obesity, diet, and hypertension, if an individual does not become a regular smoker by age 25 years, then they are unlikely to become a smoker,” authors wrote.

Authors highlighted three notable patterns of concern, including little progress won in countries like China and Indonesia with large populations and a heavy smoking prevalence, an uptick in smokers over time due to population growth, and slowing progress. 

Researchers found that 10 countries alone account for almost two-thirds of global smokers: “China, India, Indonesia, the USA, Russia, Bangladesh, Japan, Turkey, Vietnam, and the Philippines.” Thirty percent of all smokers worldwide lived in China in 2019, according to the study.

The most common health issues tied to smoking among both sexes included ischaemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, tracheal, bronchus, and lung cancer and stroke, altogether comprising some 72% of all deaths connected to smoking tobacco in 2019.

“Our findings are an urgent call to action for countries to implement and enforce stronger tobacco control policies than are currently in place, and serve as a blueprint for targeting interventions, monitoring progress, allocating resources, and planning for future health system strain,” study authors wrote.

Note: This study was published before the Pandemic. 

Ran DeBord - All Access Sporting News

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Attributes: AASNSports; TheLancet; FoxHealth; Wikipedia


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