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Cigarettes killed 6 million people in 2011

Posted by: Colleen Stoxen Updated: March 21, 2012 - 12:02 PM

According to the latest edition of the "Tobacco Atlas," the cost of a single pack of cigarettes costs an American smoker $35 when it comes to future health care costs. And, for the almost six million people who died from tobacco use in 2011, cigarettes also cost them their life.

The American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation presented the fourth edition of the Tobacco Atlas at the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Singapore. Since the first atlas was issued in 2002, 50 million people have died from tobacco use and 43 trillion cigarettes have been smoked.

Other findings included that the combined profit of the top six tobacco companies in 2012 was $35.1 billion -- equal to the combined profits of Coca-Cola, Microsoft, and McDonald's that year. In terms of smokers, that means for ever person who died in 2010, the industry profited $6,000.

Read more about the findings at CBS News.

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