There are an estimated 64 million suffer from breathing-related illnesses worldwide.

Chronic respiratory diseases are caused by smoke. The use of traditional chula (cow dung or wood for cooking) along with air pollution and tobacco use most often leads to respiratory difficulties.

Most chronic respiratory diseases are preventable and curable, yet an estimated 1.4 million people died of chronic respiratory diseases in the South East Asia region in 2008.

In the majority of developing countries, diagnostic tools, such as spirometry, are not readily available resulting in under-diagnosis for many sufferers of the disease.



Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide and has accounted for 7.6 million deaths. More than 70% of all cancer deaths occur in low and middle-income countries

The use of tobacco is a major risk factor for cancer. Tobacco kills nearly 6 million people each year, of whom more than 5 million are users and ex users and more than 600,000 are nonsmokers exposed to second-hand smoke.

Nearly 80% of the world's one billion smokers live in low- and middle- income countries.