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Smoking Rates Going Down But Tobacco Use Continues To Be Major Cause Of Death, Illness Worldwide, WHO Report Says On No Tobacco Day

Deutsche Welle: World not doing enough to reduce smoking: WHO
“The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday — World No Tobacco Day — said most countries are failing to significantly reduce tobacco use even though smoking is down across the globe…” (5/31).

Reuters: Smoking down, but tobacco use still a major cause of death, disease — WHO
“Fewer people are smoking worldwide, especially women, but only one country in eight is on track to meet a target of reducing tobacco use significantly by 2025, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday…” (Nebehay, 5/30).

U.N. News: World No Tobacco Day targets habit that ‘breaks hearts’ — WHO
“…The lack of awareness about the risks of tobacco use, is most common in low- and middle-income countries, according to WHO’s Global Report on Trends in Prevalence of Tobacco Smoking 2000-2025. … Dr. Douglas Bettcher, director, Department for the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases at WHO, told journalists in Geneva that tobacco use is falling globally but it still kills more than seven million people a year…” (5/30).

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