Cigarette smoking kills 7 million annually says WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO), Chief Margaret Chan has said that “Tobacco threatens us all,” this was disclosed in a statement on Tuesday.

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“Tobacco exacerbates poverty, reduces economic productivity, contributes to poor household food choices, and pollutes indoor air,” she said.

“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.”

Producers of smoking cigarettes and tobacco always gives a caveat emptor that smokers are liable to dye young but most people that are addicted to smoking find it hard to quit the smoking habit.

The disclosure by WHO reviewed that smoking kills not less than seven (7) million people annually.

Also, it was disclosed that government should implement rigid measures to curb the menace of smoking and other use of tobacco.

WHO further urged countries to outrightly ban smoking in the workplace and indoor public spaces, outlaw marketing of tobacco products and hike cigarette prices.

The statement was in view of World No Tobacco Day which is slated for Wednesday.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned countries that the annual 7 million death tolls had ringed marrow from the previous four (4) million at the turn of the century, making tobacco the world’s single biggest cause of preventable death.

It was further disclosed that death toll from smoking cigarette and use of tobacco is expected to keep rising annually, with WHO bracing for more than one billion deaths this century.

The use of tobacco brings an economic cost estimated by the WHO postulates that the continuous use of tobacco will drains over $1.4 trillion (1.3 trillion euros) from households and governments each year in healthcare expenditures and lost productivity, or nearly two percent of the global gross domestic product.

Also, WHO Assistant Director-General Oleg Chestnov said as follows “From start to finish, the tobacco life cycle is an overwhelmingly polluting and damaging process.”

“One of the least used, but most effective tobacco control measures… is through increasing tobacco tax and prices.”

This is largely due to the amount of wood needed for curing tobacco, with WHO estimating that one tree is needed for every 300 cigarettes produced.

The report estimates that the industry emits nearly four million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent annually — the same as around three million transatlantic flights.

And waste from the process contains over 7,000 toxic chemicals that poison the environment, including human carcinogens, WHO said.

Cigarette butts and other tobacco waste make up the largest number of individual pieces of litter in the world, the agency said.

World Health Organisation (WHO) urged governments to take strong measures to curb and ban smoking of cigarette and the use of tobacco.

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