Tobacco’s Persistent Toll

Tobacco is a big reason that the world isn’t on track to meet a key Sustainable Development Goal: Cut NCD premature mortality by one-third by 2030, the WHO reports. It marks World No Tobacco Day today with a call today for governments to prioritize tobacco control.
Tobacco kills at least 8 million a year, according to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus—and more than 40% of all tobacco-related deaths are from lung diseases like cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and tuberculosis. 
WHO urges countries to fully implement the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and adopt effective controls, such as its “MPOWER” policies.

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