World No Tobacco Day: Every seventh German dies from the fatal consequences of smoking

300 dead every day: millions of people die every year
Tobacco consumption kills around seven million people worldwide every year. In Germany alone, around 300 people die every day from the consequences of smoking. On May 31, World No Tobacco Day, experts highlight the importance of quitting smoking.

A threat to all of us
"Tobacco is a threat to all of us," said World Health Organization (WHO) director Margaret Chan in a statement on May 31, World No Tobacco Day. According to a recent report by the organization, worldwide tobacco consumption causes billions of dollars, massive pollution and, above all, many fatalities. According to this, seven million people die every year from the effects of smoking, and in Germany alone there are around 300 deaths every day. Reason enough to quit smoking.

smoke harms the health
Scientific research shows that one in ten deaths worldwide is caused by smoking. Smokers fall ill and not only die of lung cancer.

Smoking cigarettes also increases the risk of several other types of cancer and other diseases such as smoker's lung or smoker's cough, asthma, chronic bronchitis, heart attack and stroke.

Numerous deaths could be prevented through more government intervention and improved non-smoking protection. But Germany obviously has a hard time here.

Germany in second to last place in tobacco control
"Many governments are taking action against tobacco, from banning advertising and marketing to introducing standard packaging for tobacco products and smoke-free work and public places," said Dr. Oleg Chestnov from WHO.

Germany does not really stand out here: "We are one of the last places in Europe when it comes to tobacco control," said Prof. Dr. Heino Stöver from the Institute for Addiction Research at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (Frankfurt UAS) in a current release.

Expressed in absolute terms: with 16.3 million smokers, Germany is among the top ten countries with the most tobacco users.

Every seventh dies of smoking
According to a study published in the specialist magazine "The Lancet", one in seven people in Germany die of smoking - the Federal Republic is even above the global average.

The spread of smoking in Germany has decreased slightly since 1990, but significantly less than the average of all countries worldwide.

According to the message, the number of people who smoke in Germany has decreased by an average of 0.9 percent per year in the past 25 years, and only by 0.3 percent for women.

The Germans are world champions - in the cigarette machine
Germany is a country of high consumption of tobacco: a prevalence of 25-28 percent dependent smokers is only exceeded in a few European countries (e.g. Austria and Greece).

"We are world champions in cigarette vending machines: there are 330,000 vending machines nowhere else," says Stöver.

“In my opinion, your tacit message is that tobacco use is part of everyday life and the cityscape. I therefore ask that all machines be abolished. Registering with a bank card or ID card as an adult was a correct step towards protecting young people, but it can be easily circumvented and does not go far enough for me. ”

Every day, 300 Germans die prematurely from the effects of smoking
There are 110,000 tobacco-related deaths in Germany every year, which means that 300 people die prematurely every day as a result of smoking. “Consequential damage from smoking is the most common cause of death in this country,” said Stöver.

The costs of illness due to smoking such as medical, therapy and hospital expenses, lost working hours and non-smoking damage are estimated at around 21 billion euros per year.

“Tobacco policy in Germany focuses on abstinence unilaterally, while damage-minimizing strategies are taboo for those smokers who cannot or do not want to quit. Smoke reduction programs and e-cigarettes should play more important roles here, as has already been done in other countries - for example in England, ”said Stöver.

Effective measures against smoking
“In addition, comparatively little is done in Germany for effective tobacco prevention. Germany is the only country in Europe that still allows unrestricted tobacco advertising, that shouldn't be, ”said the expert.

"Tobacco control policy must finally take effective measures against smoking and consistently place health interests above the economic interests of the tobacco industry. Losses due to tax revenues must also not play a role here, ”said Stöver.

In the past, other experts have also campaigned for a tobacco advertising ban. According to the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Germany is still a paradise for smokers. (ad)

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