Tax increase on cigarettes "effective measure" to prevent chronic bronchitis

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A man smokes a cigarette at a road side rest stop in rural Nepal. Photo: World Bank/Aisha Faquir

Increasing taxes on tobacco is an "effective and important measure" for governments to prevent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), also known as chronic bronchitis.

That view is expressed by Nils Billo from the World Health Organization (WHO).

According to the latest WHO estimates, currently 64 million people have COPD and that the disease could become the third leading cause of death worldwide by 2030.

On World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day, which falls on November 16, Andita Listyarini spoke to Mr Billo and began by asking him to explain what COPD is.

Duration: 4'07"

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