World No Tobacco Day: 300 deaths a day

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Smoking is the most common preventable cause of death in Germany

Every day more than 300 people in Germany die from the consequences of smoking. As the Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) reports in a press release on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day, smoking is the most common preventable cause of death in Germany.

Despite the extensive efforts to curb tobacco consumption, according to the BZgA, "almost every third adult in Germany still smokes in Germany." The smoking rate is particularly high among young adults between the ages of 18 and 29. "In this age group," according to the BZgA, "38 percent of women and 43 percent of men regularly smoke." Today, however, the experts also had a good message for World No Tobacco Day: "Smoking is simply out of the question for young people," she emphasized Director of the BZgA, Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Pott.

Actions for World No Tobacco Day
Numerous campaigns are taking place across Germany on today's World No Tobacco Day to raise awareness of the health risks of smoking and to inform people about how to quit. The activities in this country are coordinated by the German Cancer Aid. and the non-smoking alliance. In addition, health insurance companies and health authorities also use World No Tobacco Day to report on current findings and developments related to smoking. In a press release on today's World No Tobacco Day, the BZgA presented the number of fatalities and at the same time pointed out the positive development in tobacco use among young people. Even today, “more than 300 people die every day in Germany as a result of their tobacco use” and smoking continues to be “the most common preventable cause of death in Germany,” said BZgA director Prof. Pott. According to the BZgA, thirty percent of adults regularly use glowing sticks.

Pleasing development in youth tobacco use
The development looks much more encouraging among young people, according to the results of a representative study published by the BZgA on drug affinity among young people. The number of smokers among "young people in Germany has been falling continuously for ten years," reports the BZgA. In 2001, 28 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds said they had a regular cigarette, compared to just 12 percent in 2011. A total of 71 percent of those under the age of 18 have never smoked in their lives, according to the BZgA. The non-smoking protection laws are also widely accepted by young people. 89 percent of them were in favor of the smoking ban in discotheques and pubs, and even among young people “smokers are in favor of this,” reports the BZgA. The young people are also increasingly aware of the risks of smoking. "Many adolescents are aware of the health risks and addiction potential of smoking and therefore reject cigarettes," emphasized Prof. Elisabeth Pott. However, "we have to continue our prevention efforts so that these positive developments have a long-term effect on tobacco consumption in adulthood," continued the BZgA director.

Helps to stop smoking
In the current "Communication on World No Tobacco Day on May 31, 2012", the BZgA also reports on exit aids that can help stop smoking. Here, for example, the website "" is available with lots of information and a self-test on tobacco addiction as well as personal motivation for stopping smoking and a free online exit program. The BZgA also offers telephone advice, a starter package for non-smokers and the group course "Smoke Free Program" to overcome addiction and prevent health consequences such as the annoying smoker's cough. (fp)

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