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Smoking-Related Illnesses Cost More Than $1T Globally, Set To Kill 8M By 2030, WHO/NCI Study Shows

Financial Times: Emerging economies buck trend for decline in smoking
“Smoking rates have risen sharply in a small number of countries, running against a trend in which world tobacco is in retreat. Tobacco use is becoming increasingly concentrated in low- and middle-income countries that are home to 80 percent of the world’s 1bn smokers, according to the World Health Organization…” (Cocco, 1/10).

Reuters: Smoking costs $1 trillion, soon to kill 8 million a year: WHO/NCI study
“Smoking costs the global economy more than $1 trillion a year, and will kill one third more people by 2030 than it does now, according to a study by the World Health Organization and the U.S. National Cancer Institute published on Tuesday. That cost far outweighs global revenues from tobacco taxes, which the WHO estimated at about $269 billion in 2013-2014…” (Miles, 1/9).

Washington Post: Smoking costs the world economy $1 trillion per year, World Health Organization says
“…The report recommends that countries adopt policies to control tobacco use, including taxing and raising the price of cigarettes, to save lives. More than 60 authors — physicians, public health experts, researchers, and other scientists — contributed to the report, which was peer-reviewed by more than 70 reviewers…” (Wang, 1/10).

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