Tobacco related deaths reach 6 million last year

Apr 18, 2012

Cigarettes apparently killed 6 million people across the world in 2011.

Smokers everywhere know the health risks of smoking, but it is still shocking to see that the American Cancer Society and the World Lung Foundation estimate that 6 million people died around the world from tobacco use in 2011. Whether a smoker or nonsmoker, life insurance is essential to help keep families afloat after a tragic death.

“The tobacco industry is among the top-10 most influential industries in the world because of its sheer magnitude of wealth and sales,” Judith Mackay, co-author of the report and a physician and adviser to the World Lung Foundation and the World Health Organization, said in a telephone interview with Bloomberg Businessweek.

Tobacco-related deaths have almost tripled in the past decade, the report said, with a 17 percent jump in cigarette production. The report said there are $500 billion in annual sales from tobacco sales with the six biggest companies bringing in $35.1 billion.

For people who end up spending a lot of money on cigarettes and smoking, life insurance could be a better use of the funds. Instead of having to worry about health issues stemming from cigarette use, people can feel at ease to know their families will be protected in a worst-case-scenario situation.

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