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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Cigarettes Kills 8 Million People In 2030

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Health-Net: Cigarettes kill nearly 6 million people this year including 600,000 non-smokers (passive smokers) according to WHO data. But in 2030, the annual mortality from tobacco can reach 8 million people.

Because there is often a distance of several years between when people start to smoke and when it affects health, the epidemic of tobacco-related illness and death has just begun. In 2030, the annual death rate could reach 8 million, said the World Health Organization (WHO), as reported by FoxNews on Wednesday June 1, 2011.

WHO urges governments to better register the country and implement tobacco control treaty (tobacco control treaty), and a warning that the current trend continues. Cigarettes cause up to 1 billion deaths in the 21st century, a dramatic increase of 100 million deaths in the previous century.

So far, 172 countries and the European Union have signed Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), WHO which came into force in 2005 and obliges countries to take measures from time to time to reduce the level of cigarette, cigarette smoke exposure limit for passive smokers and restrict cigarette advertising and promotion.

WHO noted a few steps forward recently, which is now Uruguay enforce health warnings covering 80 per cent on cigarette packs, and China last month imposed a ban on smoking in public places like restaurants and bars.

But WHO said that if the treaty can be fully achieved, this can be potentially as a means of controlling the most powerful tobacco.

It's not enough to make the party. Countries (members of the FCTC) also should strengthen the implementation of the necessary laws and enforce them strictly, said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan.

Cigarettes kills up to half its users and the WHO called it as one of the greatest public health threats the world has ever faced.

Cigarettes cause lung cancer and other chronic respiratory diseases. It is also a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the number one killer in the world.

WHO says cigarettes is one of the largest contributors to non-infectious epidemics around the world or chronic illnesses such as heart attack, stroke, cancer and emphysema, which accounted for 63 percent of all deaths worldwide and nearly 80 percent of which occur in poor countries.

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