Tobacco Responsible for Approx 5 Mln Deaths Every Year: WHO
Azerbaijan, Baku / corr Trend E.Huseynli / A statement issued by the World Health Organization (WHO)Tobacco is currently responsible for the death of one in ten adults worldwide (about 5 million deaths each year).
If current smoking patterns continue, it will cause some 10 million deaths each year by 2020. Half the people that smoke today, which is about 650 mln people, will eventually die from the tobacco, the document stated.
The Member States of the World Health Organization created 'World No Tobacco Day' in 1987. World No Tobacco Day is celebrated around the world on May 31. This annual celebration raises the awareness of the dangers of tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies, what WHO is doing to fight against the tobacco epidemic and what people around the world can do to protect their right to health and healthy living and for future generations.
The WHO Country Office in Azerbaijan has prepared and printed WHO educational materials for the World No Tobacco Day. The material will be disseminated during the campaign.