Over 7 million deaths from smoking in 2016

Posted by DrMendelsohn on 20 September, 2017

The latest Global Burden of Disease study has calculated that 7.1 million people (7,131,380) died from smoking globally in 2016. This included 884,000 deaths due to second-hand smoke. The number of smoking-related deaths has increased by 4% over the last 10 years and represents about one in 10 deaths globally.

The commonest causes of death from smoking were ischaemic heart disease (heart attacks), COPD (emphysema), Lung and airways cancer and stroke.

Global deaths from smoking 2016.JPG

Code: yellow=cancer; red=cardiovascular; green=respiratory; blue=other

These figures do not include the substantial disease and disability from smoking.

In comparison, 3.5 million people died from drug and alcohol problems in 2016

The biggest risk factor globally in 2016 was poor diet, responsible for 10.3 million deaths.



Global, regional, and national comparative risk assessment of 84 behavioural, environmental and occupational, and metabolic risks or clusters of risks, 1990–2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016. The Lancet. September 2017


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