Global, regional, and national burden of cancers attributable to tobacco smoking in 204 countries and territories, 1990–2019

Saeid Safiri, Seyed Aria Nejadghaderi, Morteza Abdollahi, Kristin Carson-Chahhoud, Jay S. Kaufman, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi, Maziar Moradi-Lakeh, Mohammad Ali Mansournia, Mark J.M. Sullman, Amir Almasi-Hashiani, Ali Taghizadieh, Gary S. Collins, Ali Asghar Kolahi

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Background: Cancers are leading causes of mortality and morbidity, with smoking being recognized as a significant risk factor for many types of cancer. We aimed to report the cancer burden attributable to tobacco smoking by sex, age, socio-demographic index (SDI), and cancer type in 204 countries and territories from 1990 to 2019. Methods: The burden of cancers attributable to smoking was reported between 1990 and 2019, based upon the Comparative Risk Assessment approach used in the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study 2019. Results: Globally, in 2019 there were an estimated 2.5 million cancer-related deaths (95% UI: 2.3 to 2.7) and 56.4 million DALYs (51.3 to 61.7) attributable to smoking. The global age-standardized death and DALY rates of cancers attributable to smoking per 100,000 decreased by 23.0% (−29.5 to −15.8) and 28.6% (−35.1 to −21.5), respectively, over the period 1990–2019. Central Europe (50.4 [44.4 to 57.6]) and Western Sub-Saharan Africa (6.7 [5.7 to 8.0]) had the highest and lowest age-standardized death rates, respectively, for cancers attributable to smoking. In 2019, the age-standardized DALY rate of cancers attributable to smoking was highest in Greenland (2224.0 [1804.5 to 2678.8]) and lowest in Ethiopia (72.2 [51.2 to 98.0]). Also in 2019, the global number of DALYs was highest in the 65–69 age group and there was a positive association between SDI and the age-standardized DALY rate. Conclusions: The results of this study clearly illustrate that renewed efforts are required to increase utilization of evidence-based smoking cessation support in order to reduce the burden of smoking-related diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2662-2678
Number of pages17
JournalCancer Medicine
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022


  • cancer
  • death
  • disability-adjusted life year
  • global burden of disease
  • smoking


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