Secondhand smoke kills 600,000 worldwide annually
November 26th, 2010
09:08 AM ET

Secondhand smoke kills 600,000 worldwide annually

1 in 100 people around the world die from secondhand smoke each year, a new study reveals, and nearly two-thirds of the deaths occur in children.

Health officials have known that more than 1 billion people around the world smoke and 5 million people die each year from tobacco-related illness, according to the World Health Organization.  That's about one person dying every six seconds.

But just how many people are sickened by secondhand smoke has been less clear, which led researchers to try to investigate how big the problem is. Based on 2004 data gathered from 192 countries, researchers estimate "as many as 40 percent of children, 35 percent of women, and 33 percent of men are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke indoors," according to a WHO study published in the British medical journal The Lancet.

"Tobacco use is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced," says the WHO.  More than 80 percent of the more than 1 billion smokers worldwide live in low- and middle-income countries, where the burden of tobacco-related illness and death is heaviest. The study authors estimate that 165,000 children under the age of 5 die each year from lower respiratory infections caused by second-hand smoke – and most of these deaths occur in Africa and south Asia.

Just two months ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  released a report that found more than half of children in the United States, between ages 3 and 11 show signs in their blood of exposure to secondhand smoke.  Previous studies have found that even extremely low levels of exposure to cigarette smoke produced detectable abnormal genetic activity in these cells.

The more than 1 billion smokers are exposing billions of non-smokers to one of the top indoor pollutants according to the WHO. Researchers believe more needs to be done to create complete smoke-free indoor environments at work, in public places and on public transportation. Jonathan Samet and Heather Wipfli, two leading public health experts from the University of Southern California say their research from 31 countries found  that 88 percent of parents who smoked did so at home and that over 80 percent smoked near their children. In an accompanying commentary, they emphasize the need for smoke-free homes, which can help  lower the number of people sickened and dying from someone else's smoke.

Wipfli and Samet say educating and empowering women can make a big difference is protecting children and non-smoking adults from the deadly effects of secondhand smoke. "Few sources of indoor air pollution can be completely eliminated.   However, smoking indoors can be eliminated," they say.

soundoff (642 Responses)
  1. Darrellhic

    Спасибо за пост
    ігрові автомати слоты – Мобильное казино в украине, безкоштовні гральні автомати грати.

    February 19, 2021 at 00:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. SocialMedia Services2021

    Social network traffic Facebook likes Twitter Followers Instagram Followers and much more. Our Website: https://smmsupreme.com/


    February 19, 2021 at 14:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. SocialMedia Services2021

    Social network traffic Facebook likes Twitter Followers Instagram Followers and much more. Our Website: https://smmsupreme.com/


    February 19, 2021 at 17:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Usa Proxy

    I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but your blogs really nice, keep it up! I'll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back in the future. Many thanks


    February 19, 2021 at 18:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. tadalafil max dose

    raven penis order tadalafil tadalafil 75mg

    February 20, 2021 at 13:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Sextonia



    February 20, 2021 at 18:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. RRenoagefe

    pharmacie de garde aujourd'hui saint maur des fosses, pharmacie lafayette en ligne medicaments lithium medicaments xanax, traitement lupus therapie comportementale et cognitive burn out traitement texte gratuit pharmacie auchan grand cap traitement de la gale therapie miroir , pharmacie ouverte poitiers traitement urticaire chronique , https://karantina.pertanian.go.id/question2answer/index.php?qa=284510&qa_1=acheter-avana-bon-march%C3%A9-prix-avanafil-200-mg-pharmacie# traitement kyste ovarien pharmacie lafayette lyon Accutane 40 mg prix en pharmacie , pharmacie boulogne billancourt avenue du general leclerc pharmacie val d'or angers , culture examples naturel 43830a2 journal des therapies comportementales et cognitives. pharmacie auchan cesson pharmacie ouverture aix en provence Acheter Methocarbamol bon marchГ© , pharmacie auchan bethune therapie cognitivo comportementale brest , pharmacie jules verne amiens.

    February 21, 2021 at 14:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. zortilo nrel

    You made some nice points there. I looked on the internet for the issue and found most persons will consent with your site.


    February 23, 2021 at 00:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. zortilonrel

    Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is a very well written article. I will be sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful info. Thanks for the post. I’ll definitely return.


    February 24, 2021 at 06:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Hasty Market #210

    Let me know Custom Vapor ecigarette store located in 26772 Us Highway 380 E Suite B sells e-juice made by Summit? I have emailed them at bowtie1520@yahoo.com


    February 24, 2021 at 22:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. buy zithromax online uk

    zithromax treatment zithromax antibiotics zithromax pill

    February 25, 2021 at 00:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. zortilo nrel

    Really great information can be found on weblog. "Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it." by Donald Robert Perry Marquis.


    February 25, 2021 at 03:35 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Leave a Reply to Larry


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.