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In spite of decades of tobacco control policies, the number of smokers is on the increase and the habit is still responsible for one in every 10 deaths worldwide, according to a newly-published study report.
Lead author Dr. Emmanuela Gakidou stressed that as many as one billion people smoked tobacco daily in the world in 2015 - one in every four men and one in every 20 women.
Pointing to the increasing health issue, Dr. Gakidou said, “Smoking remains the second largest risk factor for early death and disability, and so to further reduce its impact we must intensify tobacco control to further reduce smoking prevalence and attributable burden.”
The “Global Burden of Diseases” report was based on surveys of people’s smoking habits in nearly two hundred countries and territories during 1990 and 2015.
The total number of smokers represents a reduction from one in every three men and one in every 12 women in 1990. But, increase in population meant that there was a rise in the overall number of smokers from 870 million in 1990.
The alarming findings of the new study were detailed in the most recent edition of the medical journal The Lancet.
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