ARMENIA COMES THIRD IN THE WORLD WITH THE NUMBER OF TOBACCO-CAUSED DEATHS
Artak Barseghyan

"Radiolur"
30.03.2012 17:20

Cigarettes killed about 6 million people worldwide in 2011, according
to the data of the Tobacco Atlas published by the American Cancer
Society and World Lung Foundation.

Nearly 80% of those who die from tobacco-related illnesses are in
low- and middle-income countries. More than 43 trillion cigarettes
have been smoked in the last ten years and cigarette production has
increased by 16.5% in that time period, according to the Tobacco Atlas.

55.7% of male and 2.9% of female citizens of Armenia smoke cigarettes,
which makes 28.3% of the adult population. Tobacco is responsible
for 32.7% of all male deaths and 7.7% of female deaths.

Commenting on the data, Head of the Public Health Department of the
Ministry of Health Alexander Bazarchyan said our country comes third
in the world after Turkey and Kazakhstan with the number of male
deaths caused by tobacco.

Tobacco is also a risk factor for the four leading noncommunicable
diseases- cancer, heart disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory
diseases. According to Bazarchyan, smoking is both lifestyle and
addiction among us. As for women, they smoke more in urban than rural
areas. Active smoking females are aged 35-55.




From: A. Papazian