Mortality from smoking ages 35-69:
- All cancer: 1985 39%, 1995 42%
- Lung cancer: 1985 91%, 1995 91% (39)
According to the World Health Organization:
US patients have better survival rates than European patients for most types of cancer. Even if the age of diagnosis increases, survival decreases in both the USA and Europe, but more in Europe (2). A reason for this occurrence may be because the USA has a higher GDP health expenditure than Italy, which has one of the lowest in Europe. A higher GDP health expenditure and longer survival rates for each gender are significantly correlated indicating an association between fiscal input and clinical outcomes (15).
- Estimate for cigarette consumption per capita (1995): 1,530 for the Americas, 2,080 for Europe
- Mortality estimates (1998): 772 for the Americas, 1,273 for Europe (42)
The world is starting to follow America's lead in the fight against tobacco. In 1999 cigarettes smoked per person in the USA fell by 8% and 3% for the world (9).
Even Philip Morris International is joining in by pledging to support:
- Minimum age laws in every country.
- Youth access programs everywhere.
- Youth anti-smoking programs organized in concert with education and health officials in every country.
- Placing the message "underage sale prohibited" or equivalent on every package where legally feasible.
- To work with governments and their competitors proactively to achieve the reforms necessary to reduce youth smoking in each country in which they operate (30).