Sumary of Number of smokers in the world falls by 20millon but success is still ‘fragile’:
- A report published by the World Health Organisation on Tuesday (November 16) said that the results were ‘encouraging’ but ‘fragile’ and there remains 1.3 billion smokers worldwide.
- “It is very encouraging to see fewer people using tobacco each year,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.
- ”Global health leaders are urging countries to invest an additional $1.68 (£1.25) per person per year, which would see 152 million more people successfully quit, and nearly three million lives saved by 2030.The WHO says that beyond the 16 million lives could be saved in total.
- Ruediger Krech, head of the WHO’s health promotion department, warned that the success of the campaign to curb the habit is still ‘fragile’.