Cigarettes are costing the economy over a trillion dollars and killing around 6 million people a year. According to the World Health Organization, the death toll on smokers is expected to go up by a third by 2030.
The study concludes that smoking is one of the main causes of deaths that can be preventable, especially at young ages. WHO reports that unless nations figure out how to put more control on current policies, then we can expect to see consequences across the globe.
Oleg Chestnov, the assistant director-general for noncommunicable diseases and health for WHO, made a statement saying that the tobacco industry continues to market and produce products that poisons and murders people prematurely. He says that it takes money from homes that could be used for better purposes such as food and education. It also brings higher health care bills for those in our communities.
Over 60 people, including public health experts, researchers, scientists, and physicians made contributions to the report.
According to the report, developing countries tend to have more people who suffer health issues from tobacco use. Of the 1.1 billion known smokers across the world, 80 percent of them live in low to middle-class countries making it a disproportionate burden.
WHO has been recommending countries to change their policies on tobacco use. They want better initiatives to counteract the problem such as raising the price of cigarettes. They are hoping these changes to policies will save more lives.
Smoking rates continue to decline in the United States at 15.1, the lowest it been in years. However, the intake of cigarette continues to be the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the US. According to the CDC, men tend to smoke more than women.
Frank Chaloupka, public health professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago believes that the US could do better.
Professor Chaloupka was also a contributor to the report. He says that out many countries not contributing to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the US is at the top.
Chaloupka went on to say that there have been some tax increases but there needs to be more.