Who told how many people die each year from Smoking
GENEVA, 30 may — RIA Novosti, Elizabeth Isakov. Smoking kills more than 7 million people annually, and the costs of healthcare and loss of productivity cost families and governments in more than 1.4 trillion U.S. dollars, the statement said world health organization published Tuesday.
“Tobacco is a threat to all of us. Tobacco increases poverty, decreases economic productivity, impoverishes the diet of families and pollute the indoor air”, — quotes the press service quoted the who Director-General Margaret Chan.
In addition to the harm to human health, the who noted that tobacco also had a negative impact on the environment. Tobacco waste contains more than 7,000 toxic chemicals, including carcinogens. Two-thirds of the 15 billion cigarettes sold daily released into nature. On cigarette butts account for 30-40% of all items, pick up during cleanups coastal and urban areas.
The who statement was published on the eve of world no tobacco day, celebrated on may 31, and includes a call for governments to take strong action on tobacco control. These measures include a ban on the marketing and advertising of tobacco, raising excise taxes and the conversion of closed public spaces and workplaces in zones free from tobacco smoke.
One of the most effective measures against Smoking is to increase taxes and prices on tobacco. The government annually collect about 270 billion US dollars due to the excise tax on tobacco. Who believe that this amount could be increased by more than 50% by collection 141 billion by increasing cigarette tax of only 0.80 United States dollar per pack in all countries.