Tobacco use can be prevented.
Multiple cost-effective tobacco-control interventions are successful in curbing tobacco consumption and preventing the onset of tobacco use in nonsmokers. These include smoke-free laws, anti-smoking awareness campaigns, comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising and promotion, graphic warning labels, and tax increases on cigarettes that can yield funds to be put back into health care programs.
However, death, disease, and poverty due to tobacco use stubbornly persist.
- More than 1 in 4 adults—1 billion people—smoke today.
- Tobacco use is a risk factor for six of the world’s eight leading causes of death.
- Tobacco-caused diseases may be responsible for up to 10 million deaths every year by 2030—80 percent of them in developing countries.
- Tobacco use is associated with lung disease, cancer, heart disease, low birthweight, stillbirths, increased mortality in tuberculosis patients, and many other problems.
- Smoking kills half of smokers unless they quit, and many more are disabled.
- Smokers put families at risk of sliding into poverty due to poor health and premature death.
Our goal is to significantly reduce tobacco-caused disease, death, and poverty in the developing world.
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