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8 Hidden facts about smoking and tobacco use everyone must know

Tobacco is a plant that is grown for its leaves. After its leaves are picked, they are processed and used in different ways. It can be chewed or sniffed through the nose, and it can also be smoked in a cigarette, hookah, vape pen, pipe or cigar.


Tobacco contains more than 4,000 chemicals with nicotine being one of them. Nicotine is that substance that makes tobacco addictive. This explains why so many people who use tobacco find it so difficult to quit.



These chemicals found in tobacco are very harmful to the body. Yearly, over 7 million people are killed by tobacco. 6 million of these deaths occur as a result of direct tobacco use while about a million deaths are as a result of being exposed to second-hand smoke.

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  • There are more than 4000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, of which at least 250 are known to be harmful and more than 50 are known to cause cancer
  • Among middle-aged persons, tobacco use is estimated to be the most important risk factor for premature death in men and the second most important risk factor in women
  • For every person who dies from smoking, at least thirty people live with a serious smoking-related illness
  • There are more than 1 billion smokers in the world and about 80% of this population live in low and middle-income countries
  • Each day, more than 3,200 young people less than 18 years smoke their first cigarette
  • On the average, people who smoke die ten years earlier than people who do not smoke
  • It is estimated that tobacco use will cause more than 8 million deaths annually by 2030
  • There is no safe tobacco product neither is there a safe level of tobacco use or exposure
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