In 2016 25, 708 South African smokers (aged 35-75) died from smoking-attributable diseases.
Smoking can harm nearly all systems in the human body, and causes many diseases, it is the major risk for four main non-communicable diseases – cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease.
Smoking also worsens the outcomes of communicable diseases including HIV/TB & Covid-19.
The Economic Cost of Tobacco
Tobacco-related illnesses costs the South African economy R42 billion annually. This is the cost arising from direct health care costs, lost productivity and premature deaths.