Discover the facts about smoking and the impact of tobacco use.

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With the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire world had to prioritise public health and brace for a critical strain on healthcare systems, society and the economy alike. More and more studies and information are highlighting the role tobacco use plays in placing an individual at a higher risk when exposed to COVID-19. In order to provide a hub for all the resources circulating on this and related topics, SFP has collected different outputs from its Coalition partners, public health organisations, media and institutions.The list will continue being updated with new information as the situation develops.

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The purpose of this section, hosted in the Facts area of the SFP website, is to provide information, resources and evidence on illicit tobacco trade to partners and policy-makers, and to address tobacco industry narratives on illicit trade. 

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.
Studies have shown that smoking is becoming increasingly concentrated in the lower socioeconomic groups.
Tobacco growth and use poses a heavy burden on governments and society as a whole.
Maternal smoking during pregnancy is an important cause of ill health for both mother and fetus.
Tobacco is the number one cause of preventable death in the world today.
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.

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