Heavy Price to Pay

Smoking costs the world $1 trillion annually and will soon to kill 8 million people per year—with more than more than 80% of the deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries, according to a WHO and US National Cancer Institute study published today.
The study, peer-reviewed by more than 70 scientific experts, concludes that the cost far outweighs global revenues from tobacco taxes, and that governments vastly underuse tools to reduce tobacco use and associated deaths.
"Government fears that tobacco control will have an adverse economic impact are not justified by the evidence. The science is clear; the time for action is now," the report states.

Source: Reuters

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