Smoking related deaths expected to rocket
- By: Anna Goldie
The number of deaths related to smoking will increase to 10 million a year worldwide by 2030--more than the total number of deaths from malaria, maternal and serious childhood diseases, and tuberculosis combined, according to a World Health Organization report.
Seven in 10 of these deaths will occur in the developing world, where three quarters of the world's smokers live and where access to treatment remains low. Research has shown that the poorest households in Bangladesh were twice as likely to smoke as rich ones, with the average male smoker spending twice as much on tobacco than on clothing, housing, health, and education combined.
The report found that the average smoker in the developing world could add up to 500 calories to the diet of a child with the money spent on tobacco, saving the lives of 350 children a day. Steve Palmer of Cancer Research UK said, “Tobacco companies