Tobacco Use Still Huge Worldwide

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According to the recent study, there are about 852 million smokers in the world. Due to this fact, health experts intend to take more measures in order to eliminate smoking across the world.

Investigators from New York and Atlanta have conducted study that reveals nearly half of adult men in developing countries still smoke tobacco products and women take up cigarettes at a younger age.

In conformity with the study, rates of smoking cessation in most countries are still low.

Gary Giovino, from the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, said more researches and data are needed to introduce efficient anti-smoking policies and treatments all over the world.

“Although 1.1 billion people have been covered by the adoption of the most effective tobacco-control policies since 2008, 83% of the world’s population is not covered by two or more of these policies,” he said.

“Our data achieved a key point for tobacco control, some years after the approval of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and intensify the necessity for efficient tobacco control.”

Men still top smokers

The research focused on the findings from the Global Adult Tobacco Surveys undertaken 2008 through 2010. The research authors made a comparison of tobacco use and quitting in adults from 14 low and middle earnings countries and used national findings available for the U.S. and UK.

It was revealed that there are more male smokers than feminine – 41% smoking compared to 5% in women. The data was various in different countries, with 60% of Russian men smoking, compared with 22% in Brazil.

The research showed that there was a significant hike in smoking amongst women, particularly those of younger ages. Women in the UK and the U.S. had some of the highest smoking rates amongst women, or 21% and 16% respectively.

Smoking cessation rates were revealed to be very low in GATS countries, with fewer than 20% of adults who had ever smoked in China, India, Egypt and Bangladesh saying they had stopped smoking. The UK and U.S. were among the best countries for quitting smoking ratios.

Sign of the times?

Jeffrey Koplan from Emory University in the U.S. and Judith Mackay from the World Lung Foundation in Hong Kong said tobacco marketing is still threatening and forecast that more youth and women will take up smoking unless great measures are made.

They add: “For instance, in low-income countries, for every $9100 received in tobacco taxes, only $1 was spent on control.”

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