How many people die every year from smoking cigarettes or other tobacco? Millions. One study, the link of which has since been removed, suggested that 83% of these deaths will are in low and middle income countries. A while back I posted an article that suggested rich smokers die as often as poor smokers. It's not lack of access to insurance that kills you, its how you treat your body. More poor people smoke. More poor people die. Fewer poor people smoke. Fewer poor people die.
It really is that simple, considering 80% of deaths attributed to diabetes, stroke, heart attack and cancer are preventable with lifestyle modifications. What is the average cost for a pack of cigarettes? For everyone still smoking, it's not enough.