Over 7 million deaths from smoking in 2016
The latest Global Burden of Disease study has calculated that 7.1 million people (7,131,380) died from smoking globally in 2016. This included 884,000 deaths due to second-hand smoke. The number of smoking-related deaths has increased by 4% over the last 10 years. The commonest causes of death from smoking were ischaemic heart disease (heart attacks), COPD (emphysema), Lung and airways cancer and stroke.