Smoking Prevalence and Attributable Disease Burden

Nimra Bhatti
4 min readMar 26, 2021



This research assesses global, national, and regional smoking mortality, morbidity, and aetiologies in all 195 countries, by specifically identifying.

· The study designs.

· The validity

· Reliability

· Representativeness

· The comprehensiveness

· Does it understand people’s interpretations?

· Whether it varies within the association & cause-and-effect relation. (, 2017)


This study research is the analysis of an investigation study, analyzing the worldwide burden of tobacco consumption(smoking) across the 195 countries around the year 1990–2015. The study presents an update in the previously issued estimates of smoking diseases, injuries, death, and risk factors depending on the outcomes of GBD 2015. The focus of the research is on the prevalence and fatality rate, the variation in burden, and the Socio-demographic Index in tobacco consumption (smoking) in the youth and old adults age groups, and the efficient intervention and possible solution to provide better guidance strategies to target the main risk factors in every possible new territory. (Marissa B Reitsma, 2017)

The development of smoking cessation, specifically following the implementation of the Framework Convention on Smoking Prevention, is a main leading point in public health. Matter of fact, smoking is a major risk factor for death and injury worldwide, necessitating persistent governmental commitment. The Worldwide Impact of disease, injury, and risk factors analysis (GBD) establishes a strong framework for evaluating global, national, and regional progress toward smoking-related goals. (NCBI, 2017)


In several epidemiological trials, cigarette smoking is a significant predictor. We assessed the validation of tobacco smoking reports in initial health care by linking the prevalence of smoking reports from initial medical care to public healthcare interview results. Smoking tobacco is a significant key factor related to health, mainly in the cardio-pulmonary, digestive systems, and cancers. Smoking cigarettes may be responsible for 19% of all mortality in the United Kingdom.

In epidemiological trials, tobacco smoking status is regularly investigated to determine exposure and future inconsistency. In 1996, a previous report examined smoking level reports in early care from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink. As opposed to national health survey results at the time, both former and present smokers are significantly under-recorded. (Gulliford, 2013).


The outcomes collected with the Smoking the Timeline and Questionnaire Follow-back process provided close relationships. A very limited variation found indicates that even an evaluation of smokers can differ with respective customer response/ feedback, including a multi-item developed method for measuring tobacco use with young adults might not be of sufficient value. (Danielle E. Ramo, 2011)

Despite progress in tobacco prevention around the world, smoking continues to be a major risk factor for premature mortality & morbidity. Amid some successes, multiple countries across the world witnessed greater annualized rate levels of reduction in the smoking prevalence around 1990 and 2005 than the one between 2005 and 2015. Tobacco restriction and enhanced surveillance are needed to minimize attributable burden and smoking prevalence even further. (Christopher J L Murray, 2017)


The representativeness of this study is shown by sample research that has been conducted. The CPRD generated a representative group of individuals aged 30 to 100 years. The analysis was part of a broader research of the antecedent factors of a chronic condition, and people under the age of 30 were omitted due to a lesser risk for death. Every year around 1st January 2005 to 30th April 2015, a sample size of 21 430 males and females was taken without substitution. Only general practices in England were studied for this survey, which spanned the years 2007 to 2015. (NCBI, 2017)


The comprehensiveness of this research study is that the higher accomplishment in tobacco prevention is probable, but it would necessitate reliable, comprehensive, and properly adopted and executed strategies, which will necessitate national and global levels of governmental effort beyond what is accomplished over the last three decades. (Marissa B Reitsma, 2017)


This study shows a similarity between the DALY and Socio-demographic Index (SDI). Conclude, the three major causes of smoking-attributable age-standardized DALYs for both sexes in 2015 were cancers (276%), cardiovascular diseases (412%), and chronic respiratory diseases (205%). Tobacco use was the leading risk factor for chronic respiratory diseases and cancer, but it was just the 9th leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Between 2005 and 2015, the population increase was the most important factor in growing attributable pressure related to smoking in low SDI countries.

The key causes of aggregate increases in attributed burden related to smoking differed by sex and SDI level concerning the transition in smoking exposures Since 2005, almost all DALYs caused by smoking has fallen by 118% (95 percent UI 0–139) in high-SDI states, the only SDI category with a substantial decline in attributable burden for men. Only middle-SDI states have seen a substantial decline in all-cause DALYs due to smoking for women (a 226 percent decrease [90–328]) around 2005 and 2015. (PMC, 2017)



Nimra Bhatti

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