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In 2015 approximately 9,500 of the deaths registered in Switzerland were attributable to tobacco use. This level has remained fairly stable for the population as a whole over the period since 1995. During this time, a decline in the number of male deaths can be observed, whereas that of females rose. In 2015, there were 147 deaths per 100 000 for males and 82 for females from a tobacco-attributable disease. In 2015 the percentage of tobacco-attributable deaths in all deaths was 14%, roughly one in every seven deaths.

This indicator is part of the Monitoring System Addiction and NCD (MonAM) of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).

Of all the risk factors to health, tobacco use is the one most likely to cause death. The main causes of death from tobacco use are non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, lung cancer and other types of cancer or chronic obstructive lung disease.

The indicator on tobacco-attributable mortality shows the trend in the effects of tobacco use on men and women.


This indicator is based on estimates from the Mattli et al. study (2019). Data for the calculations come from the Swiss Health Survey and Cause of Death Statistics as well as from other data sources. Further details on the subject can be found in the original literature.

The indicator shows the percentage and rate of estimated tobacco-related deaths. The percentage of tobacco-attributable deaths is shown in relation to all deaths. The crude (unstandardised) rate shows the mortality rate per 100 000 population.

The estimates only consider the disease burden caused by the smoking of tobacco. Other types of consumption of tobacco such as snuff or snus and other forms of nicotine consumption such as e-cigarettes have not been considered. The disease burden of passive smoking has not been considered.

Sources, references and further information

Sources: Mattli, R., Farcher, R., Dettling, M., Syleouni, M.-E. & Wieser S. (2019). Die Krankheitslast des Tabakkonsums in der Schweiz: Schätzung für 2015 und Prognose bis 2050. Winterthur: Zürcher Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften (ZHAW) (Publication).
Further data and information on the topic of tobacco-attributable mortality can be found at Addiction Monitoring in Switzerland.

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