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08 July 2011

WHO targets new smokers

More than a billion people in 19 countries are covered by law requiring large graphic health warnings on tobacco packs, but many countries are not doing enough to cut smoking.

More than a billion people in 19 countries are now covered by laws requiring large, graphic health warnings on tobacco packs, but too many countries are still not doing enough to cut smoking rates, the World Health Organization said.

More than a billion people worldwide are tobacco smokers and 80% of them live in poorer regions. Some experts have accused tobacco firms of capitalising on societal changes in poor countries to target new potential smokers, particularly women, and of marketing cigarettes as a symbol of emancipation or greater economic prosperity.

 

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