Smoking’s True Toll: A World Health Day Report

Smoking’s True Toll: A World Health Day Report

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared April 7 as World Health Day. 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of this vital observance. We encourage you to learn more about this year’s theme and efforts as well as ways you can get involved here.

While our approaches differ, at Nicopure we share a common goal with the WHO: improving the health of the global population. Our area of focus is to save the lives of the more than 1 billion smokers worldwide.

That number is even more shocking when you look at how smoking decimates the world population every year:

  • Tobacco is responsible for more than 7 million deaths worldwide each year, including about 438,000 Americans.
  • More than 6 million of those who die are tobacco users.
  • Nearly 900,000 non-smokers die each year from secondhand smoke exposure, including more than 38,000 Americans.

And there are many more shocking facts that even Big Tobacco reluctantly acknowledges:

  • Children exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), acute respiratory infections, ear problems, severe asthma, and reduced lung function.
  • More people die every year from smoking than from murder, AIDS, suicide, drugs, car crashes, and alcohol, combined. (emphasis in original)
  • Smoking causes heart disease, emphysema, acute myeloid leukemia, and cancer of the mouth, esophagus, larynx, lung, stomach, kidney, bladder, and pancreas.

Need more facts to rile you up? We’ve got plenty. There are big interests in the United States that are actively trying to stop our lifesaving efforts. If this doesn’t piss you off, nothing will.

If you’re as stunned and angry after reading this as we are in writing it, help us save lives starting now. Begin by sharing your story with others. You may help change negative attitudes toward vaping, and even steer a smoker in a better direction! Also, encourage your elected representatives to adopt a pro-vaping stance, using your own success story as motivation.

Helping save lives — what better way is there to observe World Health Day?

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