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Annual tobacco deaths in poor countries to reach 7 million by 2030

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 08 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:71
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    The rapid rise in smoking in many developing countries will have devastating consequences, a new report says.

    By 2030, the number of deaths resulting from tobacco use will reach 7 million a year in the developing world, the authors of a review in Thorax have estimated (2004;59:623-30).

    International support is essential to reverse the rise, say the authors, but they cite a range of obstacles, including high smoking rates among doctors and other health professionals, lack of awareness of the dangers of tobacco, economic dependence on tobacco, poor healthcare systems, …

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