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Tobacco kills more than 8 million people each year according to the World Health Organization.
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Nine in 10 smokers start before they are 18 years old, warns WHO

Tobacco products continue to kill eight million people a year who get hooked via a $9 billion a year marketing strategy. That’s the warning from the UN World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday, which has said that even during a global pandemic, the tobacco and nicotine industry has continued to promote products that limit people’s ability to fight new coronavirus and recover from the disease.

Ahmed Ouma

WHO: get ready for plain packaging on tobacco

Plain packaging of tobacco products saves lives by reducing demand, and more governments should follow the lead taken by Australia by adopting the measure, UN health experts say.

For this year's World No Tobacco Day on 31 May, the World Health Organization (WHO) has welcomed findings showing that more than 100,000 people have stopped smoking in the southern hemisphere nation, following the introduction of plain packaging in 2012.