This year, the tobacco epidemic will kill nearly six million people. More than five million of them will be users and ex-users of smoked and smokeless tobacco and more than 600 000 will be nonsmokers who were exposed to tobacco smoke. By 2030, tobacco could kill eight million people a year. Tobacco use is one of the biggest contributors to the noncommunicable diseases epidemic, which includes heart disease, stroke, cancers and emphysema and accounts for 63% of deaths.
Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), offered his vision for the future of global tobacco control efforts.
GLOBAL TOBACCO CONTROL CAN AND SHOULD BE THE LEAD ENGINE IN THE RESOLUTION OF NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASE CRISIS!