Sunday, November 28

Tobacco consumption has decreased globally

Cigarettes and co.

Robert Klatt

According to the WHO, tobacco consumption has decreased globally. However, seven million people still die each year as a result of smoking, including 1.2 million non-smokers.

Geneva (Switzerland). In 2020, according to the trend report, the World health organization (WHO) with a world population of 7.8 billion people, around 1.3 billion tobacco users aged 15 and over. In 2015 it was 1.32 billion, although the world population was significantly smaller at 7.3 billion people. According to a report that has now been published by the WHO fall again significantly.

According to the experts’ forecast, “only” 1.27 billion people will then use tobacco. This would be less than a quarter (22.3%) of the world’s population aged 15 and over. In Germany, the proportion of tobacco consumers is already lower (19.6%). The WHO defines tobacco use as smoking cigarettes, cigars and pipes as well as the consumption of snuff, sucking or chewing tobacco. E-cigarettes that do not contain tobacco are not included in the report.

High tobacco consumption in Europe

According to the WHO, tobacco consumption is particularly problematic in the European region. This includes 53 countries as far as Israel and Turkmenistan. Around 18 percent of women in the European region consume tobacco. Worldwide it is only 7.8 percent of women. However, their share is also falling in most European countries. According to the WHO, tobacco consumption is currently particularly low in Iceland (11.9%) and Great Britain (14.3%), particularly high in Spain (24.5%) and France (28.7%).

7 million deaths a year

According to WHO data, smoking kills around half of users. Globally, around seven million people, including 1.2 million non-smokers, die each year as a result of tobacco smoke as a result of passive consumption of tobacco smoke.

“We still have a long way to go. The tobacco industry will use every trick to defend the gigantic profits they make from selling their deadly products, “commented WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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