Switzerland (McKoy’s news) – Tobacco Kills 7 Million Per Year: Smoking and other tobacco use kill more than seven million people each year, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, also warning of the dire environmental impact of tobacco production, distribution, and waste
The UN agency said tougher measures were needed to rein in tobacco use, urging countries to ban smoking in the workplace and indoor public spaces, outlaw marketing of tobacco products and hike cigarette prices. “Tobacco threatens us all,” WHO Chief Margaret Chan said in a statement.
“Tobacco exacerbates poverty, reduces economic productivity, contributes to poor household food choices, and pollutes indoor air,” she said.
In a report released ahead of World No Tobacco Day yesterday, WHO warned that the annual death toll of seven million people had jumped from four million at the turn of the century, making tobacco the world’s single-biggest cause of preventable death. And the death toll is expected to keep rising, with WHO bracing for more than one billion deaths this century.
“By 2030, more than 80 percent of the deaths will occur in developing countries, which have been increasingly targeted by tobacco companies seeking new markets to circumvent tightening regulation in developed nations.”