The World Health Organization (WHO) asks the competent health authorities to establish laws or implement initiatives to prevent people from starting to smoke and help smokers to stop smoking, because they believe that some countries still do not do enough to fight against this habit so harmful.

In its latest report, the WHO says that currently only 31 countries have laws that prevent smoking in certain places and require the establishment of smoke-free spaces, and only 19 that have required tobacco companies to include in the packs images that discourage tobacco use.

According to the WHO, these measures have contributed to many smokers abandoning the habit and, in addition, have contributed to decrease the number of people who are initiated into the habit. Thus, the data of the report indicate that the laws that force the existence of smoke-free spaces, and that have been adopted in 31 countries, including Spain, benefit a total of 739 million people. 27 countries in total have raised taxes on tobacco, and in some countries, such as Colombia, Chad and Syria, it has been prohibited to sponsor, promote or advertise tobacco consumption.

The snuff will be responsible for the deaths of some six million people this year, which includes more than 600,000 non-smokers who die as a result of passive smoking

The WHO has recalled that tobacco will be responsible for the deaths of some six million people this year alone, which includes more than 600,000 non-smokers who die as a result of passive smoking. The outlook worsens in the long term, and estimates that tobacco could kill eight million people each year by 2030.

There are more than one billion smokers in the world, 80% of whom reside in the poorest areas of the planet. Some experts have accused tobacco companies of taking advantage of social changes in less developed countries, targeting potential smokers, such as women, to whom they want to convey the idea that tobacco is a symbol of emancipation or economic prosperity. .

Source: EUROPE PRESS

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