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World No Tobacco Day today

13 Juin 2017

British American Tobacco, the world's No. 2 cigarette maker, posted improved sales volume for the first quarter, though foreign exchange rates were a big drag on revenue.

World Health Organization called on governments to implement strong tobacco control measures such as banning tobacco marketing and advertising, promoting plain product packaging, raising excise taxes and making indoor public places and workplaces smoke-free.

Tobacco smoke emissions contribute thousands of tons of human carcinogens, toxicants, and greenhouse gases to the environment.

The campaign aims to demonstrate the threats that the tobacco industry poses to sustainable development, including the health and economic well-being of citizens in all countries.

WHO works to develop and maintain and report data based on health outcomes related to consumption of tobacco.

"By 2030, more than 80 percent of the deaths will occur in developing countries, which have been increasingly targeted by tobacco companies seeking new markets to circumvent tightening regulation in developed nations", the World Health Organization said.

The report highlights that some 860 million adult smokers live in low-and middle-income countries.

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Tobacco contributes to 16% of all noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) deaths, it said.

Head of Division of Non-Communicable Diseases in the Ministry of Health Gladwell Gathecha said tobacco use affects all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as it encroaches into every sphere of life and impacts the economy.

"The WHO has made it clear about the dangers of tobacco use not only to the smoker but others around".

The report detailed how growing tobacco often requires large quantities of fertilisers and pesticides, and it warned that tobacco farming had become the main cause of deforestation in several countries.

According to Bazarchyan, the changes would also prohibit advertising tobacco products and would force companies to include photographs on their warning labels.

However, the report noted that fees could be increased by over 50 percent, generating $141 billion more by globally raising cigarettes by 80 cents per pack.

In her message on the eve of World No Tobacco Day, the WHO regional director, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti said the cost of healthcare for the African region from tobacco smoking is pegged at 3.5 percent of total health expenditure each year.

World No Tobacco Day today