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A large proportion of these deaths (around 21 every day) are from cancer, one-quarter of which involve working-age Australians.
Over 4,000 tobacco-related deaths each year are due to ischaemic heart disease (the main cause of heart attack), a third of which involve working-age Australians.
Someone dies from the effects of environmental tobacco smoke every second or third day (that is, five every fortnight).
Every week, on average, someone under the age of 15 dies from a tobacco-related cause.
In 1995, almost 3.2 million adult Australians were identified as being at risk of developing chronic conditions from smoking tobacco. This was equivalent to around 23.5% of the adult population. 2
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- AIHW: Ridolfo and Stevenson (2001). The quantification of drug-caused mortality and morbidity in Australia, 1998 . AIHW cat. No. PHE 29. Canberra, AIHW. (for all the above except where otherwise noted)
- Mathers C, Vos T, Stevenson C. The burden of disease and injury in Australia . Canberra. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 1999. http://www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/5180
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