“One-third of the patients who are in our hospital are here today because of cigarettes”
Dr. K Michael Cummings of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Smoking kills over 10% of all humans every year
There are 55 million deaths each year on Planet Earth. Around 6 million are directly attributable to smoking. Almost 100 million people worldwide have died of tobacco-related illnesses just since the year 2000. Tobacco has killed more people than all the wars in history combined.
Smoking kills more than half of all smokers
Smokers dramatically underestimate the risk of developing smoking-related diseases, even though most (and their children & grandchildren) die from it.
Second- and third- hand cigarette smoke is just as deadly
Smoking kills 600,000 innocent non-smokers every year through second- and third- hand exposure. This is 1,600 innocent people dying daily; sudden infant death syndrome, respiratory illness, over 20 different cancers, asthma, liver disease and all types of painful heart disease.
Nearly 90% of smokers start when they are just 14.6 years old
Cigarette companies specifically target the young, uneducated, poor and ethnic at the most emotionally vulnerable time of their lives; when they are still children. Cigarette companies are guilty of the world kind of child abuse – drug addiction for profit.
Smoking causes 98% of small-cell lung cancers
Lung cancer is the #1 cause of preventable cancer death in the world. Over 80% of lung cancer patients are dead within two years. Around 100,000 smokers die from a tobacco-related illness every week. Smoking causes 6 of the 8 leading causes of death; ischemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, lower respiratory infections, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), tuberculosis and lung cancer.
- Smoking causes 25% of all cancer deaths in NZ
- Smoking is about making money by creating drug addicts
- If you smoke then you are most likely poisoning innocent children
- Smoking gives you the same health risks as if you were morbidly obese
- The world used to be smoke-free (let’s make it so again)
Jason wishes to deeply thank, acknowledge and recognise the effort and contribution that the PIF Foundation has provided on a voluntary basis since 2014, as we educated, motivated and inspired change that helps transform the health, vitality and longevity of people all over the world.