80 per cent of all smokers live in low and middle-income countries, India one among it: WHO

Thursday, January 12, 2017

NEW DELHI: Nearly 80 per cent of the over one billion tobacco smokers globally live in low- and middle-income countries like India, WHO said today and asserted that policies to control its use, including taxation and price increase, can generate revenues for health care and development work.

According to a new landmark global report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Cancer Institute of the USA, published in ‘the economics of tobacco and tobacco control’, around 6 million people die annually as a result of tobacco use, with most of them living in developing countries.

“Policies to control tobacco use, including tobacco tax and price increases, can generate significant government revenues for health and development work. Such measures can also greatly reduce tobacco use and protect people’s health from the world’s leading killers, such as cancers and heart disease,” the report said.

Left unchecked, the tobacco industry and the deadly impact of its products cost the world’s economies more than USD 1 trillion annually in health care expenditures and lost productivity, it said.

Source: New Indian Express (link opens in a new window)

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