Tobacco Harm in Ethiopia

Every year, about 9, 900 Ethiopians are killed by tobacco-related diseases such as lung cancers and cardiovascular and respiratory disorders.

Tobacco consumption creates economic losses stemming from avoidable illness and premature death, whereas tobacco production contributes to environmental degradation.

Tobacco kills more than 8 million people each year worldwide.

About 7 million deaths are caused by direct tobacco use, while 1.2 million are the result of secondhand smoke (i.e., involuntary environmental exposure to tobacco smoke).

According to the Ethiopia Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2016 (GATS) , 8.1% of Ethiopian men and 1.8% of Ethiopian women aged 15 years and older use tobacco products.

  Smoking costs the Ethiopian  economy $ 50 million each year. This page discusses the negative health, economic, and environmental impacts of tobacco use and tobacco production in Ethiopia.

Tobacco use affects all systems of the human body.

Globally, tobacco smoking is the top preventable cause of illness, disability, and death.

Tobacco use and secondhand smoke damage every part of the body, causing many types of cancers and chronic diseases. Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals. Of these chemicals, at least 1000 are harmful and 70 are known carcinogens. Smoking costs the world economy more than $1 trillion annually in healthcare expenditures and productivity losses.

Tobacco is a risk factor for six of the eight leading causes of death in the world, including cardiovascular diseases, lower respiratory infections, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, tuberculosis, and trachea, bronchus, and lung cancers.

Ailments Caused by Smoking Cigarettes

The figure below describes the effects of smoking in the human body.