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World Health Organization Says Tobacco Will Kill Almost 6 Million This Year

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The World Health Organization (WHO) says that tobacco will kill nearly 6 million people in 2011, including 600,000 nonsmokers. According to the WHO, governments are not doing enough to help people quit smoking or to protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke.

The WHO’s estimates show that tobacco could kill 8 million people a year by 2030, Reuters reports. The organization urged more governments to sign its Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, a tobacco control treaty that has already been signed by 172 countries and the European Union. The treaty requires countries to take action to reduce smoking rates, lessen exposure to secondhand smoke, and limit tobacco advertising and promotion.

The WHO pointed to several recent successes, including Uruguay’s requirement that health warnings cover 80 percent of the surface of tobacco packages and China’s recent implementation of a ban on smoking in public places including restaurants and bars.

2 Responses to this article

  1. Brinna Nanda / June 3, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Excuse me? 6,000,000 people a year? And an additional 600,000 dead through collateral damage? Pardon me for asking, but why aren’t we waging a global war against tobacco? Oh, is our focus on something else, perhaps, and are our resources being used elsewhere?

  2. DDBOOTS / June 1, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    They need to state and start the same type of campaign to
    stop all the physical, emotional
    health along with killing the one that indulges in alcohol and
    with the number of people that
    are a second-hand victims of alcohol!

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