Tobacco is an important public health issue and the single most preventable cause of illness and death in the world. The latest research suggests that smoking-related mortality has risen to 7.2 million lives annually, killing more people than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Globally, the WHO European Region has the highest prevalence of tobacco smoking among adults (28%), including one of the highest smoking prevalence rates among women (19%). In addition to causing illness and death, tobacco is a driver of health inequities.

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90% of lung cancers can be avoided by eliminating tobacco use, new WHO report reveals

Launched on World No Tobacco Day, a new WHO/Europe report offers confirmation that tobacco use remains a public health issue of utmost importance. This is particularly true in the WHO European Region, which has the highest proportion of tobacco use in the world, with an estimated 209 million people (or 29%) smoking.


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