According to the World Health Organization, all types of tobacco smoking are dangerous—whether from cigarettes, cigars, water pipes, smokeless tobacco, or other types.
However, smoking is still a prevalent addiction worldwide, with 1.3 billion smokers. With billions of smokers, over 8 million deaths are attributed to smoking.
More than 7 million of these cases are due to first-hand smoking while about 1.2 million are due to second-hand smoke.
According to 2015 statistics in the Philippines, 40% of the male population and 8.2% of the female population smoked leading to 10 deaths every hour. This constituted 15.9 million tobacco users aged 15 years and older.
Specifically, over 70,000 Filipinos die each year due to tobacco-related illnesses, including lung cancer and heart disease due to secondhand smoke. Regardless of a person’s age, quitting smoking has immediate health benefits and dramatically reduces the risk of smoking-related diseases such as heart disease and cancers.