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Health Agencies Urge Nations To Implement Tobacco Control Measures

News outlets report on international health agencies’ efforts encouraging countries to implement tobacco control measures.

Caribbean360: Caribbean must adopt laws to control tobacco epidemic — PAHO
“The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is urging Caribbean countries to speed up the adaption of laws to control the tobacco ‘epidemic,’ saying that, despite progress in the countries of the Americas, the epidemic continues to grow. In a new report, PAHO, the regional office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO), said applying at least six measures could help prevent one million deaths annually…” (2/19).

Medical News Today: By 2050, WHO smoking controls could prevent 13 million deaths in China
“A report in the BMJ finds that if China implements World Health Organization guidelines on smoking, then almost 13 million smoking-related deaths will be avoided by 2050. China is the most populated nation in the world and accounts for about a third of the world’s smokers — more than half of all Chinese men smoke. China’s largely government-owned tobacco industry is also the world’s biggest producer of tobacco…” (McNamee, 2/19).

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