What you should know about tobacco?
Tobacco is the only product sold in the USAPI that when used as instructed kills people. It is the only legal way to kill someone. It is a major risk factor for all major NCDs, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory disease.
Why is it important?
- Tobacco kills up to half of its users.
- Nearly 80% of the world's one billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries.
- The US-Affiliated Pacific Islands have very high rates of tobacco use:
- It is estimated that two people die each minute from tobacco-related disease in the Western Pacific Region.
- Secondhand smoke causes premature birth and miscarriages in pregnant women.
- Secondhand smoke has immediate negative effects on the cardiovascular system, which can cause lung cancer and heart disease.
|Tobacco Use in the USAPI||Youth||Adults|
|Marshall Islands||25.9%1 (any tobacco use)||19.8%7 (current daily smokers)|
|Palau||50.3%2 (any tobacco use)||n/a|
|FSM||37.0%3 (other tobacco use)||31.6%8 (current smokers)|
|Guam||23.1%4 (current smokers)||27.4%9 (current smokers)|
|American Samoa||24.2%5 (current smokers)||29.9%10 (current smokers)|
|CNMI||23.9%6 (current smokers)||21.8%11 (current smokers)|