New Year, old resolutions: facts about smoking
As every year, many good resolutions will be made at the beginning of 2014. One of the favourite ones this year may be the resolution to stop smoking. The following facts may help to increase the motivation:
In 2012, about 44,500 people in Germany died of lung and bronchial cancer. This type of cancer, which is typical of smoking, ranks fourth among the most frequent causes of death in Germany. Lung and bronchial cancer is even top of the list when it comes to deaths caused by cancer.
The number of women who die from the consequences of smoking is on the rise: in the course of the last 30 years, it tripled to 14,800 in 2012. While in 1980 almost 28,000 male deaths were due to types of cancer that are typical of smoking, fewer than 5,000 women died of such cancer at that time.