Per capita consumption of cigarettes has been falling for years. But far too many people still die in Germany as a result of tobacco consumption.

According to a current analysis, around 75,500 people died in Germany in 2020 alone as a result of smoking.

By far the most common cause of death was cancer, as the Federal Statistical Office announced on Monday in Wiesbaden on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day on May 31.

According to this, a total of around 375,200 people with smoking-specific diseases were treated in hospital in 2020. That is almost 19 percent more inpatient treatment than 20 years ago. Women in particular died significantly more often from lung or bronchial cancer than 20 years ago.

According to statistics, per capita consumption of cigarettes fell by around 21 percent between 2011 and 2021. On average, every adult smokes more than 1,000 cigarettes a year. The consumption of pipe tobacco increased eightfold in the same period – mainly due to the increasing demand for hookahs and electric heaters.