Many governments are making progress in the fight against tobacco, with 5 billion people protected by comprehensive tobacco control policies. But a new WHO report shows many countries are still not adequately implementing policies. 2.6 billion people remain unprotected, leaving them at risk of harms caused by tobacco use.
Only 1 in 5 people are protected by complete tobacco smoking bans in indoor public spaces and workplaces. 6 in 10 tobacco users want to quit and with proven help, they can more than double their chances of quitting. “Quitting tobacco is one of the best things any person can do for their own health,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. Currently, there are an estimated 1.1 billion smokers, around 80% of whom live in low- and middle-income countries.
Information source: WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic 2019