SWITZERLAND: Smoking costs 5 billion Swiss francs a year!

SWITZERLAND: Smoking costs 5 billion Swiss francs a year!

In Switzerland, tobacco consumption generates 3 billion Swiss francs annually for medical expenses. Added to this are 2 billion Swiss francs of losses to the economy, related to diseases and deaths, says a study released Monday.


In 2015, tobacco consumption resulted in direct medical costs of up to three billion Swiss francs. These are costs incurred for the treatment of tobacco-related diseases, says Swiss Association for Smoking Prevention (AT) in a statement. She cites a new study of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).

The cost of cancer treatment is 1,2 billion Swiss francs, the cost of cardiovascular disease at one billion Swiss francs and that of pulmonary and respiratory diseases 0,7 billion Swiss francs, details the study. This amount corresponds to 3,9% of the total health expenditure of Switzerland in 2015, specifies the release of the TA.

Tobacco use also leads to costs resulting from premature death or diseases that can sometimes last for years and are difficult to measure in Swiss francs, notes the TA.


In 2015, smoking in Switzerland caused a total of 9535 deaths, or 14,1% of all deaths recorded that year. Just under two-thirds (64%) of smoking-related deaths occurred in men and a third in women (36%).

Most of these deaths (44%) are due to cancer. Cardiovascular disease and lung and respiratory diseases are other common causes of death, with 35% and 21%. For comparison: the same year, 253 people died in road accidents and 2500 people because of the annual flu epidemic.

35 smokers at 54 years die fourteen times more often from lung cancer than men of the same age who have never smoked, says the TA again. It states that the study is based on complete and detailed data collected over more than 24 years.

Smoking is the main risk factor for many heart and lung diseases. In men aged 35 and older, more than 80% of lung cancers are directly related to smoking.

For the authors of the study, the reduction of smoking is therefore the main priority of health policy. Figures on the relative risk of death among ex-smokers also show that stopping smoking drastically reduces risk.

In the sample of ex-smokers who were studied, the risk of dying from one of the tobacco-related illnesses is indeed much lower than that of the smokers. In former smokers aged 35 to 54 years, the risk of dying from lung cancer is four times higher than men who have never smoked.

source : Zonebourse.com/

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