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1 Billion Tobacco Deaths This Century?
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Massive Death Toll Possible Unless "Urgent Action" Is Taken, Agency Warns
Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD
Feb. 7, 2008 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) today warned that 1 billion people worldwide could die of tobacco-related causes this century unless "urgent action" is taken.
The WHO's report includes these global statistics on tobacco deaths:
"Of the more than 1 billion smokers alive today, around 500 million will be killed by tobacco," states the WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2008.
The WHO predicts that, without intervention, tobacco will kill more than 8 million people every year by 2030, and 80% of those deaths will occur in developing countries.
The WHO proposes six policies to reduce global tobacco deaths:
SOURCES: World Health Organization, WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2008. News release, World Health Organization.
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