In addition to triggering non-communicable diseases such as cancer, smoking is also associated with increased risk of infectious diseases such as Tuberculosis (TBC or TB). Estimated in the next 40 years, 40 million smokers will die because of TBC. These estimates are presented by the World Lung Foundation, in a recent book entitled The Tobacco Atlas 4th Edition. The Book compiled by Michael Eriksen, Judith Mackay and Hana Ross is a collection of data and predictions about the tobacco in the world.
Increased risk of tuberculosis had been concern since smoking was associated with more non-communicable diseases such as cancer and heart attacks. Not many are aware, that smoking may increase the risk of TBC infection. Especially in the last 10 years, the number of smokers around the world continue to show improvement.
“Since the first edition of The Tobacco Atlas published a decade ago, more than 43 billion cigarettes had been smoked. In 2009 alone there are 5.9 trillion cigarettes smoked, up 13 percent in 10 years” Eriksen said at the launch of the book in a series of 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, Singapore, Wednesday (03/21/2012).
In addition to the various predictions about the effects of tobacco, of The Tobacco Atlas 4th Edition also reveal much about the developments of tobacco. One was the number of women smoking, the increasing number of growing days and even exceeded in 25 states of men smoke. Indonesia is not included in the 25 states, but mentioned that the number of women smoking in Indonesia, including many of the 3.7 percent of all ages. At the age of 13-15 years, 1.9 percent of young women have been smoking too.