Tobacco kills nearly 6 million people each year, and more than 600,000 of these people are non-smokers who are dying from breathing in second-hand smoke. This epidemic will kill more than 8 million people every year by 2030. 80% of these deaths will be preventable and among people living in low and middle income countries.
May 31st is World No Tobacco Day. On World No Tobacco Day the World Health Organization and its partners ask countries to raise their taxes on tobacco. Studies have shown that higher taxes are effective in preventing and reducing tobacco use in lower income groups. Increasing taxes on tobacco is considered to be the most cost effective way to reduce tobacco use.
The main goal of World No Tobacco Day is to contribute to protecting present and future generations not only from the devastating health consequences due to tobacco, but also from the social, environmental, and economic harmful effects of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke.
To learn more visit: http://www.who.int/campaigns/no-tobacco-day/2014/event/en/