International Tobacco Addiction

As regulations on smoking increase in the U.S., tobacco addiction continues to be a growing problem in developing countries.

While there’s been a crackdown on advertising and promotion of smoking in the U.S., tobacco addiction is still a problem worldwide, especially in developing countries. According to the Global Youth Tobacco Survey organized jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Atlanta-based Center for Disease Control (CDC), tobacco use and addiction constitute major impediments to development in poor countries.

“Tobacco use and addiction seriously threatens sustainable development by causing disability, premature deaths, economic loss at national and individual level as well as damage to the environment,” said WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Luis Sambo.

The number of smokers worldwide has reached the 1 billion-mark. If this trend continues, deaths due to tobacco addiction will increase from 5 million to 10 million by the year 2020, with 70 percent of those deaths occurring in developing countries, the experts warn.

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