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Global Tobacco Use


Around the world[4]:

  • Tobacco is the second major cause of death, killing one in ten adults worldwide (about 5 million people each year)

  • Half the people that smoke today (approximately 650 million people) will eventually be killed by tobacco.

  • Tobacco and poverty are inextricably linked, the poor all over the world spend a greater proportion of their money on tobacco

  • Tobacco leads to malnutrition, increased health care costs and the premature death of people at their height of productivity

May 31 is World No Tobacco Day. The theme in 2005 was Health Professionals Against Tobacco, some of the materials from that day can be found in this module, for more information consult the WHO website.  This year - get informed and take action !


4. World Health Organization - Tobacco Free Initiative. accessed January 21, 2006

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