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WHO report warns deaths from tobacco could rise beyond eight million a year by 2030

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39483.532361.DB (Published 07 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:299
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    Unless efforts are increased to stem the global tobacco epidemic, which currently kills 5.4 million people a year from lung cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses, the toll will rise to more than eight million by 2030, with most deaths occurring in poor countries, a World Health Organization report warns.

    “Tragically, with more than 80% of those deaths occurring in the developing world, the epidemic will strike hardest in countries whose rapidly growing economies offer their citizens the hope of a better life,” said Margaret Chan, WHO director general.

    But Dr Chan in a preface to …

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