World No Tobacco Day: Why tobacco remains a global threat

Anne Li                                      6/4/17


Smoking is still the biggest preventable cause of cancer worldwide. Unlike any other product, tobacco kills up to two thirds of long-term users and harms many others. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called the global tobacco epidemic ‘one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced’. The good news is that in the UK and elsewhere, smoking rates have been steadily decreasing since the 1980s – thanks to a range of laws that have helped people to stop smoking and put off many young people from ever taking up the lethal habit. But not all countries have made such progress. The damage that tobacco causes, both to health and wealth, is becoming increasingly obvious in some of the world’s poorest countries.


See original article at: http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2017/05/31/world-no-tobacco-day-why-tobacco-remains-a-global-threat/


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