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In 2022, nearly 1 in 5 adults in the world smoked or consumed tobacco derivatives, compared to 1 in 3 at the beginning of the third millennium, according to the World Health Organization in a new report.
The World Health Organization in Geneva said it estimates that the number of tobacco users around the world has declined by 19 million users over the past two years, despite the rise in the world's population.
It is estimated that the number of current tobacco users is 1.25 billion people. However, Director of the Department of Health Promotion at the World Health Organization, Rudiger Kresch, said that there is a big difference in Europe, where the percentage of women who consume tobacco is sometimes double the global average, and is declining more slowly than in other regions of the world.
Tobacco use includes: smoking, chewing tobacco, and inhaling it. The World Health Organization also expressed its concern about electronic cigarettes that do not contain tobacco, but rather liquids containing nicotine. She said that this type of cigarette is as dangerous to health as tobacco products.
But the World Health Organization warns that companies operating in the tobacco sector have no intention of standing idly by. “Remarkable progress has been made in tobacco control in recent years, but now is not the time to stand by and watch,” Rüdiger Kreich warned in a statement.
He added, “I am amazed at the extent to which the tobacco sector is willing to achieve its goals of achieving profits at the expense of countless lives,” stressing that as soon as a country believes that it has won the war on tobacco, companies operating in the sector reopen a new front.
Combating tobacco sector interference
The World Health Organization called for a fight against “tobacco sector interference” in control efforts.
She pointed to the so-called new smoke-free products, calling for collecting as much data as possible given the success of these products in infiltrating teenagers.
Thus, 10% of people between the ages of 13 and 15 around the world consume one or more types of tobacco.
This represents at least 37 million teenage tobacco users, including at least 12 million who use new products. These numbers are seen as greatly inflated because more than 70 countries do not provide any data.
This lack of information raises concerns in the face of a sector that is trying to undermine public health efforts to deter young people from smoking.
Despite awareness-raising efforts, “young people are entering into regular use of these products, with easy access to them, and a low level of concern about the risks of dependence,” the World Health Organization says.
The organization urges collecting as much data as possible because it believes it is “the most powerful way to fight the tobacco sector and develop effective policies that prevent the initiation of tobacco consumption.”
Krish welcomed the ban on e-cigarettes in some countries, and called on other countries to strictly regulate these products. All flavors of cigarettes should be banned, Krish said, adding that e-cigarettes make children addicted to nicotine.
Praise for Brazil
The organization explained that although one in every 3 adults in the world used tobacco in 2000, the number will decline to one in every 5 by 2022.
56 countries are close to achieving the goal of reducing tobacco consumption by 30% by 2025 compared to 2010.
The organization praised Brazil in particular, as it reduced tobacco consumption by 35%, and in the Netherlands the reduction reached 30%.
The World Health Organization indicated that Southeast Asia has the highest percentage of tobacco consumers among the population.
The percentage is declining significantly, and according to current statistics, the region will be in a better position than Europe by 2030, and on the European continent it is expected that 23% of people will continue to consume tobacco in 2030.