2022-01-21 - الجمعة

World Health Report shows global tobacco use declining

World Health Report shows global tobacco use declining
Nayrouz News Agency : The World Health Organization's fourth report on global tobacco trends, released today, Tuesday, showed that there are 1.30 billion tobacco users globally, compared to 1.32 billion in 2015, and this number is expected to decline to 1.27 billion by 2025.

 The report also showed that 60 countries are now on track to achieve the voluntary global goal of reducing tobacco use by 30 percent between 2010 and 2025; Note that two years ago, only 32 countries were on the right track, according to a statement issued by the World Health Organization today.

 "It is a significant achievement that millions of lives are saved through effective and comprehensive tobacco control policies under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and enabling measures to help countries combat the tobacco epidemic," the report noted.

 The report urged countries to speed up implementation of the measures set out in the Framework Convention, in an effort to further reduce the number of people at risk of getting sick and dying from tobacco-related diseases.

 The main findings of the World Health Organization's global report on trends in prevalence of tobacco use 2000-2025 indicated that in 2020, 22.3 percent of the world's population used tobacco, with the proportion reaching 36.7 percent of all men and 7.8 percent of all women.

 With regard to the trend of tobacco use in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, the report showed that Pakistan is the only country in the region that is on the right track to reach the goal of reducing tobacco use, while 4 out of 6 countries worldwide are increasing tobacco use, She is from the Eastern Mediterranean Region.

 In its statement, the organization said that the WHO's new global investment case on cessation of tobacco use highlights that investing $1.68 per person per year in evidence-based cessation interventions, such as briefing advice, national free quit lines, and smoking cessation support. Via SMS, it can help 152 million tobacco users quit smoking by 2030; This saves millions of lives and contributes to the long-term economic growth of countries.

 "It is very encouraging to see that fewer people use tobacco each year, and more countries are on track to achieve the global goals," said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

 "We have a long way to go, and tobacco companies will continue to use every ploy to defend the enormous profits they derive from the sale of their deadly wares," Ghebreyesus added.

 The WHO Director-General encouraged all countries to make better use of the many effective tools available to help people quit smoking and save lives.