It accounts for one in ten adult deaths worldwide. Tobacco use, particularly smoking, is the single biggest cause of cancer in the world, responsible for more than a quarter of all cancer deaths, including cancers of the lung, mouth, throat, nose and sinuses, liver, pancreas, stomach, cervix, breast, bowel, kidney and bladder. It also plays a in the development of a wide range of cardiovascular and pneumologic diseases.
It is important to mention that not only smokers themselves are at risk. Tobacco smoke in enclosed spaces is also inhaled by non-smokers. In 2004, second hand smoke was responsible for 600,000 premature deaths (28% of which occurred in children).
Numerous studies have shown that stopping tobacco use and creating smoke free environments greatly reduces the risk of cancers and other short and long term health risks.
As an advocate of the reduction of the prevalence of risk factors associated with cancer deaths, UICC is committed to the implementation of strong measures against tobacco use and exposure, and against the tobacco industry, through the effective implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) .
Just Breathe: You can prevent cancer when you stop smoking, chewing and sniffing tobacco. Try to avoid exposure to passive smoke to further reduce your risk. To learn more about about tobacco use and passive smoke, click here to view the best prevention campaigns from around the globe.