Each year tobacco is responsible for an estimated 15,000 Australian deaths and 6 million deaths worldwide.
Two out of three smoker's deaths can be attributed to smoking.
Smokers who die from tobacco related disease are estimated to have lost between 12 and 32 years of life.
In 2008, at least one child under 5 was treated every day at Perth’s public hospital emergency departments as a result of ‘passive’ smoking.
The World Health Organisation estimates that more than 10% of smoking-related deaths are due to ‘passive’ smoking, with children and women at greatest risk.
Surveys show that in Australia in 2013, the average age at which young people aged 14-24 smoked their first full cigarette was 15.9 years (source). A survey of smokers in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia shows that the proportion of smokers who agreed or agreed strongly with the statement "If you had to do it over again, you would not have started smoking" was extremely high - about 90%, and almost three quarters of current smokers have shown some interest in quitting.
Studies from the USA Department of Health indicate that from 1997 to 2005, the nicotine yield per cigarette has increased. Nicotine is the addictive agent in cigarettes, which makes it more difficult for smokers to quit.
The USA Department of Labor lists 15 countries that use child labour to grow tobacco leaf.
In Australia the total social cost of smoking in 2004/2005 was over $31 billion (source). By comparison, revenue from sales of tobacco in 2008 amounted to just $5.6 billion.