Tobacco use in developing countries still high

 

Young man smokes a cigarette

Six million people could die from the tobacco epidemic this year, including 600,000 non smokers from exposure to tobacco smoke.

That's the message from the World Health Organization ahead of World No Tobacco Day celebrated on May 31.

WHO hails the important strides made to curb the use of tobacco in over 172 countries but insists that more needs to be done.

Dr. Nyo Nyo Kiang, WHO's Regional Advisor for the Tobacco Free Initiative in South-East Asia, says developing countries have been slow to adopt tobacco control measures.

"If you look at the tobacco epidemic curve, you will see that in the developed world it was really declining but in the developing countries it is somewhat on the rising trend. Since we started tobacco control activities and with the adoption of the framework convention and all our efforts towards the tobacco control, it is declining a little in some countries but still not to the effect that we want it to be."

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