Exposure to tobacco smoke

More than 79,000 adults died in 2002 as a result of passive smoking in 25 countries of the EU. A total of just over 19,000 of the deaths were among non-smokers.  

Global burden of tobacco use

Tobacco is the number one cause of preventable death in the world today.   

Reproductive health and child and infant health

Maternal smoking during pregnancy is an important cause of ill health for both mother and fetus.  

The cost of tobacco use

Tobacco growth and use poses a heavy burden on governments and society as a whole.   

Tobacco and Poverty

Studies have shown that smoking is becoming increasingly concentrated in the lower socioeconomic groups.   

Tobacco in low- and middle-income countries

If current patterns persist, smoking will kill more than 8 million a year by 2030, of which more than 80% will occur in low- and middle-income countries.  

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The Smoke Free Partnership is...

a partnership between Cancer Research UK, the European Heart Network and Action on Smoking and Health (UK). We aim to promote tobacco control advocacy and policy research at EU and national levels in collaboration with other EU health organisations and EU tobacco control networks.