The Killer is On the Loose
The largest ever study published in the Lancet estimating prevalence of smoking among 3 billion individuals worldwide, shows that the scourge is on the increase in most developing countries including India.
The Lancet: Tobacco use in 3 billion individuals from 16 countries: an analysis of nationally representative cross-sectional household surveys
Despite the high global burden of diseases caused by tobacco, valid and comparable prevalence data for patterns of adult tobacco use and factors influencing use are absent for many low-income and middle-income countries. We assess these patterns through analysis of data from the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS).
The World Health Organization recommends six major steps for harm reduction, proven to reduce smoking rates, including:
- protecting people from tobacco smoke
- offering help to quit
- raising awareness about the dangers of tobacco through warning labels and public education campaigns
- enforcing tobacco advertising bans
- raising the price of tobacco products