27 July 2011

Fight against tobacco gathers steam

A decade ago the WHO began its battle against tobacco, as it identified the substance as one of the world’s leading killers.

Close to a decade ago, the World Health Organisation (WHO) began its global battle against tobacco usage, as it identified the substance as one of the World’s leading killers and estimated that nearly one billion people would die from tobacco usage this century.1

Its theme for the year is the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), and with more than 170 signatory countries, the WHO further emphasises the steps that need to be taken in the fight against the tobacco-induced epidemic.

South Africans can therefore expect a continual tobacco tax increase every year plus further legislation around smoking in public areas, as the fight against tobacco gathers steam.


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