Tobacco FactFile, a new Internet database unveiled by the British Medical Association (BMA), contains worldwide facts and figures about smoking, the Associated Press reported Feb. 27.
Information in the database includes the death rate from smoking per country, the medical-care and productivity costs related to smoking, the profit the tobacco industry gains from every new smoker, and a multitude of other facts.
According to the BMA, the database was created to present the “hard truth about the global tobacco epidemic.”
The database shows that smoking kills an estimated 4.9 million people per year, with the death rate expected to reach 10 million in the next 25 years.
Reprinted with permission from the Associated Press