Thursday, 07 February 2008 19:00
100 million people worldwide died in the 20th
century thanks to tobacco use.
The World Health Organization says that, unless
governments act to reduce it, tobacco use could kill one billion people in the
21st century. According to the Associated Press, governments
worldwide collect more than $200 billion in tobacco taxes annually, and spend
less than one fifth of one percent of that revenue on tobacco control. According
to a report launched this week by the WHO, almost two thirds of the world’s
smokes live in ten countries: China, India, Indonesia, Russia, the United
States, Japan, Brazil, Bangladesh, Germany and Turkey.