1.1 billion people smoke globally, WHO says

There are around 1.1 billion smokers in the world today, the same number as at the turn of the century, according to latest data from the World Health Organisation.

WHO’s ‘Global Report on Trends in Prevalence of Tobacco Smoking 2000-2025’, which coincided with World No Tobacco Day 2018, observed every May 31, warned that smoking is a habit that destroyed the hearts.

The report states: “Tobacco is the only legal drug that kills many of its users when used exactly as intended by manufacturers.

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“WHO has estimated that tobacco use (smoking and smokeless) is currently responsible for the death of about six million people across the world each year with many of the deaths occurring prematurely.

“This total includes about 600,000 people that are also estimated to die from the effects of second-hand smoking.

“Although often associated with ill-health, disability and death from non-communicable…

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