NGO: Smoking Kills 2,000 People Every Year in Estonia
Around 2,000 people die in Estonia every year from a tobacco-related disease, the data of the Estonian Cancer Society said.
Around 3,000 people fall ill due to smoking every year, uudised.err.ee reported on Saturday, the World No Tobacco Day.
Throughout the world, six million people die annually due to tobacco.
In Estonia, 26 percent of people aged 16-64 smoke daily - a little over 231,000 people.
The number of smokers has decreased since the 1980s by only 1.5 percent - in comparison, the number had decreased by 6 and by 8 percent in Finland and the United Kingdom respectively.
“Smoking causes 90 percent of all lung cancer cases. The number of male smokers is slowly falling, but more and more women are smoking. At the same time, smoking is more harmful to the health of women. The high number of young smokers is also very worrying,” Toomas Adlas, chief medic of the private Qvalitas Medical Center.