US billionaires donate $500m to reduce smoking worldwide

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 29 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1068
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, and the mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, announced last week that they would donate a total of $500m (£250m; €320m) to efforts to stop smoking around the world.

    The funding will focus on poor and middle income countries, which face an increasing number of smoking related deaths. Special attention will go to China and India, which have high smoking rates, and to Africa, where the smoking epidemic is growing.

    Mr Bloomberg and Mr Gates said that tobacco kills five million people every year, more than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. China …

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