WHO report warns deaths from tobacco could rise beyond eight million a year by 2030BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39483.532361.DB (Published 07 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:299
- John Zarocostas
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 …