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Epidemiology, the world tobacco epidemic

Edited by Keir E. Lewis

in Smoking Cessation

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199556250
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607327 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199556250.003.0001

Series: Oxford Respiratory Medicine Library

Epidemiology, the world tobacco epidemic

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• This chapter presents an overview of smoking, its global importance, and key mortality and morbidity data. • There are 1.3 billion smokers worldwide consuming over 5 trillion cigarettes annually. • Smoking caused an estimated 100 million deaths in the 20th century. • The death toll is rising with 3 million deaths predicted this year from smoking and a billion deaths expected in the 21st century. • By 2020, all of the top 5 causes of death will be smoking-related.

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Subjects: Respiratory Medicine and Pulmonology

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