140,000 drug/ addiction-related deaths in Germany each year and more to go?
No one really knows why so little is being done to prevent over 140,000 Germans (young, not so young and elderly) dying every year from tobacco-related illnesses. Also, the German government just seems to ignore the fact that well over 3,000-4,000 deaths per year in Germany by people who do not smoke are caused by their inhaling tobacco smoke of others. Why is it that nearly one in three German adults smoke regularly and that tobacco is freely advertised and smoking in restaurants, pubs and cafes is freely tolerated and so prevalent?
Easy to work this out! In Germany, around USD$37 billion goes to the government in tobacco taxes and as tobacco use though burdensome on the country’s health services, does kill people off earlier thereby saving on retirement benefits and healthcare in the long run and culling its ageing populaiton, the government solves a dual problem by turning a blind eye to smoking deaths. So all is explained now!
1.2 million preventable deaths in China and rising to 3.5 million!
According to Time the situation by parallel seems to be the same for China as it reports that according to a statement of January 6th this year by a panel of Chinese and international health experts and economists, up from 1.2 million currently, 2 million Chinese in China will die each year of tobacco-related illnesses by 2020. By 2030, 3.5 million will die which accounts from more than half the world’s yearly tobacco-related deaths.
It seems that a good clue to the Chinese government’s relative inactivity in helping more than 300 million smokers in China to kick the habit is due to its National Tobacco Corp’s standing as the largest cigarette manufacturer in the world and its Tobacco Monopoly Administration (STMA) running it and also being responsible for anti-smoking laws. The jigsaw is solved and the deaths are set to continue.
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