Governments are urged to expose activities of the tobacco industry

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On World No Tobacco Day, observed on 31 May, governments around the world are being urged to expose the activities of the tobacco industry which is promoting its product that kills six million people every year.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that by 2030 tobacco will kill more than eight million people every year.

It says four out of five of these deaths will occur in low and middle income countries.

Dr Douglas Bettcher, the Director of WHO’s Tobacco Free Initiative department, says the agency is working every day to protect people from what he called the "scourge" of tobacco.

"Today WHO stands up to say no to tobacco industry intimidation, no to the underhanded and dirty tricks of the tobacco industry and tobacco companies. The world needs to channel its outrage to control the subversive and underhanded tricks of the tobacco industry as they continue to hook more and more young people to their deadly drug and to continue to reap the profits of death."
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