website summarises the hazards of smoking and the benefits of stopping.
It also provides, for each of 40 developed countries (and 5 groupings of
countries, such as the European Union), estimates of the number of deaths
caused by smoking. Where possible, it also describes the trends in the
numbers of deaths caused by smoking.
The chief purpose of this website is to facilitate effective communication, first to the reader and then by the reader, of the extraordinary magnitude of the number of deaths that smoking is now causing. In developed countries alone, the habit is currently responsible for nearly two million deaths a year, about half of which are deaths in middle age (ages 35-69). There is, however, wide variation between one developed country and another in the current death rates from smoking, and in the trends in those death rates.
It is hoped that the clear and comprehensible presentation of the hazards of smoking, of the benefits of stopping, and of the findings for individual developed countries (and groupings of countries) will help to bring home, not only to the many millions of people in developed countries but also to the far larger populations elsewhere, the extent to which those who continue to smoke are shortening their expectation of life by doing so.
The website is relevant not only to those concerned with tobacco control but also, more generally, to those who wish to teach, study or just understand the epidemiology of smoking and public health.
Sir Richard Doll (1912-2005), who helped identify the link between smoking and cancer, with Sir Richard Peto (left), who studies the impact of tobacco on populations and predicts future global trends
By kind permision of Cancer Research UK
Serbia & Montenegro
All developed countries
Central Asia (8 countries)
EU10 (2004 accession)