Deaths and disease from tobacco 

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.