Tobacco is the world's single biggest cause of preventable death—and it also hurts the environment, a point the WHO drove home in a report released to mark World No Tobacco Day.
- Tobacco processing releases over 7,000 toxic chemicals into the environment and contributes to deforestation.
- Smoking and tobacco use kills more than 7 million people annually (up from 4 million at the turn of the century). More than 80% of these deaths are expected to occur in developing countries by 2030.
- Tobacco-related deaths could reach 1 billion by 2100.
The WHO called on countries to crack down on marketing of tobacco products, up prices, and ban smoking in public spaces. (The Czech Republic has answered the call, according to Reuters: "Beer-loving Czechs stub out cigarettes as pubs go smoke-free.")
Source: Channel NewsAsia