12 Startling Charts That Show How Tobacco Is Destroying The World
Tobacco use is one of the deadliest epidemics in history, with projections that it will kill one billion people in the 21st century.
Despite strong anti-smoking programs in America and other high-income countries, tobacco consumption is still rising around the world. Even in the U.S., smoking rates remain resiliently high among the poor. People keep smoking even as studies show that the habit kills half of its users.
To show just how bad tobacco is, we've pulled charts from the American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation's Tobacco Atlas and the World Health Organization's reports on Global Health Risks and The Global Tobacco Epidemic.
Tobacco will kill 1 billion people during the 21st century, if current trends continue.