About Smoking

According to World Health Organisation (WHO), smoking has been found to be related to 6 million deaths worldwide annually. 14 types of cancer are related to smoking. 90% of lung cancer cases are caused by smoking.

In Singapore, tobacco kills approximately 2,500 smokers and 250 non-smokers each year (based on the World No Tobacco Day information paper). There is a high percentage of smokers among Singapore residents aged between 18 to 69. Tobacco is known to cause several types of cancer such as lung, oral and nasopharynx cancer. Most of these cancers were among the top common cancers diagnosed in Singapore residents between 2010 to 2014.

A cigarette alone contains over 7,000 chemicals and in these chemicals, 70 of them are cancer causing substances.

Smoking is the most preventable cause of death and we would like to encourage all to stay smoke free.


1. World No Tobacco Day Information Paper, National Registry of Diseases Office 25 May 2015

2. Singapore Cancer Registry, Annual Registry Report, Trends in Cancer Incidence, 2010 - 2014

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