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HealthSociety The World5. February 2024

Happy Lungs: Global Drop in Tobacco Use

According to the latest estimates, there has been a steady decline in tobacco use all around the world, and efforts need to remain constant for the good of the world’s population.

“Good progress has been made in tobacco control in recent years, but there is no time for complacency,” says Dr Ruediger Krech, Director of WHO Department of Health Promotion.

Following the implementation of MPOWER tobacco control measures, Brazil has seen a relative reduction of 35% since 2010, and the Netherlands will soon reach the voluntary global goal of a 30% reduction from the 2010 baseline. The World Health Organization’s Tobacco Trend Report shows that in 2022, about 1 in 5 adults– or 1.25 billion – consumed tobacco, compared to 1 in 3 in 2000. A total of 150 countries are successfully reducing tobacco use, and control policies must continue to be put in place despite the tobacco industry interference. Countries will gather in Panama for the 10th Session of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to further protect the health of their populations.

Pan American Health Organization

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