Is World Without Tobacco By 2040 a Pipe Dream?

This Tuesday, July 15, 2014 photo shows the tobacco in cigarettes in Philadelphia. A study ties a host of new diseases to smoking, and says an additional 60,000 to 120,000 deaths each year in the United States are probably due to tobacco use. The study by the American Cancer Society and several universities is published in the Thursday, Feb 12, 2015 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. It looks beyond lung cancer, heart disease and other conditions already tied to smoking and adds breast cancer, prostate cancer and even routine infections to the list. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
This Tuesday, July 15, 2014 photo shows the tobacco in cigarettes in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)


(Capital OTC) – Tobacco sales should be drastically downsized by 2040 under strict recommendations from several public health researchers. They believe that a tobacco-free world is an attainable goal with enough political and diplomatic support in a matter of three decades.

The goal is to increase the pressure against the tobacco industry until less than 5 percent of the adults worldwide would smoke. This action has been sparked by the prediction that one billion people will die until the end of the century due to tobacco use if solutions for fighting this problem are not found.

The estimation shows that a tragic majority of these deaths will take place in countries with low and middle-income. Chief researcher Robert Beaglehole, professor at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, insists that the world cannot continue like this much longer, and the time has come for the damage caused by the tobacco industry to end.


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