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    February 7, 2008 -- Tobacco could kill 1 billion people in the 21st century unless governments act now to dramatically reduce smoking, the World Health Organisation said today.

    The UN agency said no country in the world was doing all it could to curb tobacco use, which it estimates will kill 500 million people who are alive today.

    It called on all nations to adopt a six-pronged strategy to dissuade people - especially women and young people - from smoking and to help them quit.

    Raising taxes to as high as 75% or more of the pack price would be the single most effective strategy, the WHO said. Higher taxes would also provide funds to counter tobacco industry marketing tactics.

    "While efforts to combat tobacco are gaining momentum, virtually every country needs to do more," said Margaret Chan, the WHO director general.

    "These six strategies are within the reach of every country, rich or poor and, when combined as a package, they offer us the best chance of reversing this growing epidemic."

    The six key measures it said governments should take are: monitoring tobacco use and prevention policies; protecting people through smoking bans; offering help to quit; warning about the dangers of tobacco; enforcing bans on promotion, marketing and sponsorship; and raising taxes. It named the strategy by the acronym MPOWER.

    Only 5% of the world's population live in countries that fully implement any one of the six measures, the WHO said.

    While the UK scores well compared with most countries, it does not have large warning pictures on cigarette packs, tax is less than 60% of the pack price, and promotion at point of sale is allowed. More than a quarter of adults - 26% - smoke every day.

    The WHO said the tobacco industry was increasingly targeting the developing world where millions of people are becoming addicted every year.

    "As many as 100 million Chinese men currently under age 30 will die from tobacco use. In India, about a quarter of deaths among middle-aged men are caused by smoking," its report said.

    It termed the rise in smoking among young women one of the most ominous developments.

    "Because most women currently do not use tobacco, the tobacco industry aggressively markets to them," it said. "Advertising, sponsorship, including charitable donations to women's causes, weaken cultural opposition to women using tobacco. Product design and marketing, including the use of attractive models in advertising and brands marketed specifically to women, are explicitly crafted to encourage women to smoke."

    Smoking impacts most heavily on the poor, who spend proportionately more of their household income on tobacco and are more likely to become ill and to die as a result.

    Raising taxes on cigarettes is essential, the WHO said, because it has been shown to persuade young people and low wage earners to quit. Four countries have tax rates greater than 75% of retail price and cigarettes are not heavily taxed in impoverished developing countries.

    Tax revenues give governments money they can spend on fighting the smoking epidemic. The report said the lack of funding for such campaigns was "indefensible".

    Nearly 90% of the money spent on tobacco control - an estimated $343m (£174m) in 89 countries - is spent by seven wealthy nations. Less than 1% is spent by low-income countries, even though ill-health caused by tobacco damages their economies.

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      quit, or we'll all be laughing at how u helped improve our economy by population reduction


      • #4
        what a joke? , do that mean that if no one smoke we could have 1 billion more people a live? no-way, it probably mean that these who smoke will live shorter life, few weeks? or few months less than if they did not smoke? some may even live longer....yes am septic

        How many will die in car accident? how many will die from alcohol? how many will die on the birth? of course if you calculate for one century any mumber will be very very high.....
        A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
        By: George Bernard Shaw


        • #5
          if no one smoked definitely there'd be a large number of people still here with us.

          I can't count how many families I know that lost the fathers at a young age just cuz the man was a hard core smoker


          • #6

            You know you're putting yourself first in line to get Tuberculosis?

            What's that?

            It's this:

            Not nasty enough?

            How bout lung cancer?

            Okay, so you're suicidal, you don't care if all that happens to you...

            ...But would you care if it happened to your mom?

            ... your spouse?

            ... your siblings?

            ... your children??

            Second hand smoke is just as bad as first hand. We're not harming you, so please don't harm us.


            • #7
              Thanks BB, plz keep posting


              • #8
                *rolls up sleeves*

                Dude, celebrities that smoke are FILTHY rich so they have money to hide this kind of hideousness. We don't, so seriously think twice before you "invest" in smoking...

                by the way, this is called black tongue, read about it.


                • #9
                  Hi everybody,

                  I suggest you all to come to this thread and participate in the project of for the new generation in Algeria….you can help here and post anything useful for ‘anti-tobacco’ and 'anti-drug' campaigns

                  Young volunteers are looking for different ideas in order to make children and teenagers aware of the danger of smoking and drugs.

                  Starting ‘smoking’ can lead to ‘drugs’ - both of them are Drugs and are a poison that will destroy many young lives. Apart from physical risks, there is mental damage and damage to society as drugs frequently lead to crime - robbery, assault etc. And drugs take the minds of users away from their families and from Allah….

                  Please Send photos, caricatures, videos….or any suggestion or idea…let’s do something good for you Algeria


                  • #10
                    Hey, even if you were rich, did you know that:

                    Smokers in the US spend nearly $50 million annually on cigarettes
                    Click on the "calculator" below to calculate how badly smoking is hurting your wallet:


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                        Originally posted by Al-khiyal View Post
                        nice one


                        • #13
                          Hookah can kill too... maybe even faster

                          k, what are you really smoking then. EVERYONE I talk to just says, hey... it's "diluted"... or hey, it's just water....

                          NO NO NO NO

                          Sheesh people - that's what those losers tell you so you can start smoking with them.

                          What happens is that you suck the tobacco from the top (that's heated by those coals)... the water that bubbles on the bottom is just from your suction. None of it goes up...

                          I know, some jerk who called himself an adult tricked me when I was twelve to smoke it. I smoked so much (the flavored tobacco was like candy) and I almost passed out... Don't even want to know what would have happened if I did.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bent_Bladi View Post


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                              Dimanche 10 février 2008 -- Fumer tue. Personne ne l’ignore. Tout le monde en est même pertinemment conscient, et pourtant des millions de cigarettes continuent d’être consumées chaque jour, en polluant notre air, en altérant notre santé et en élargissant surtout le cercle des adeptes du tabagisme. L’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) vient de tirer, une fois de plus, la sonnette d’alarme. «Le tabac pourrait faire un milliard de morts au cours de ce siècle à travers le monde si les gouvernements et les sociétés civiles n’agissent pas rapidement pour en réduire l’usage.»

                              C’est ce que révèle le document «Rapport sur l’épidémie mondiale du tabagisme» publié jeudi dernier par l’OMS. «Le tabac a tué 100 millions de personnes à travers le monde au 20e siècle et en tuera un milliard au 21e si les tendances actuelles se poursuivent», indique ce rapport présenté par la directrice générale de l’OMS, Margaret Chan, en présence du maire de New York, Michael Bloomberg, dans une conférence de presse qui a été organisée à cet effet, à New York.

                              «Si rien n’est fait, le nombre des décès liés au tabagisme atteindra plus de huit millions par an d’ici à 2030, et 80% de ces décès se produiront dans les pays en développement», précise cette étude qui, à travers les statistiques établies, nous apprend également que c’est dans les pays à faible revenu que la prise de tabac augmente le plus. Des pays où des campagnes publicitaires agressives continuent de promouvoir sa consommation.

                              Le rapport note d’ailleurs que près des deux tiers des fumeurs vivent dans les dix pays suivants : Chine (près de 30% du total), Inde (10%), Indonésie, Russie, Etats-Unis, Japon, Brésil, Bangladesh, Allemagne et Turquie, et que seulement 5% de la population mondiale est protégée par des lois nationales anti-tabac efficaces, indique encore le document. Il révèle que «dans la plupart des pays, l’usage du tabac est plus répandu parmi les pauvres que chez les riches et que les pauvres souffrent davantage des conséquences des maladies liées au tabac, ce qui leur cause des difficultés économiques et perpétue le cycle de la pauvreté et de la maladie». Mais l’étude en question ne s’arrête pas au constat. En s’appuyant sur les statistiques établies, elle propose des mesures à prendre pour contrer la problématique.

                              Elle défend donc une stratégie en six points intitulée «Mpower» qui préconise le suivi de la consommation et des politiques de prévention, la protection des populations contre la fumée du tabac, des programmes d’aide à ceux qui veulent arrêter de fumer et une meilleure information sur les dangers du tabac. Elle suggère également la mise en œuvre effective des interdictions de la promotion et de la publicité et surtout la hausse des taxes sur le tabac.
                              «Bien que les efforts pour combattre la consommation de tabac gagnent de l’ampleur, pratiquement chaque pays doit faire davantage», a déclaré Mme Chan. Et d’ajouter : «Ces six lignes d’action sont à la portée de tous les pays et, mises en œuvre en commun, elles offrent la meilleure chance d’inverser cette épidémie galopante», a-t-elle ajouté.

                              Qualifiant le rapport de «révolutionnaire», Michael Bloomberg a, lui, assuré que «pour la première fois, le monde disposait à la fois d’une approche rigoureuse pour stopper l’épidémie de tabagisme et des statistiques solides pour que chaque décideur soit responsabilisé». Il a par ailleurs affirmé que «les mesures de réduction du tabagisme sont parfois controversées mais elles sauvent des vies et les gouvernements doivent s’impliquer et faire leur devoir». L’usage du tabac coûte actuellement au monde des centaines de milliards de dollars chaque année. Pour les seuls Etats-Unis, ces pertes économiques sont estimées à 92 milliards de dollars par an.

                              Les concepteurs de cette étude ont également mis en relief le fait que l’industrie du tabac dépense des dizaines de milliards de dollars en marketing en ciblant le monde en développement à l’aide de stratégies de vente et de lobbying qui ont été interdites dans les pays riches. L’incitation des femmes et des jeunes à l’usage du tabac fait partie de ces stratégies, ainsi que les pressions sur les gouvernements pour faire obstacle aux restrictions légales et aux hausses des taxes.

                              Le rapport ne manque pas de considérer pour finir, que l’augmentation des taxes sur le tabac est «le plus efficace moyen de réduire la consommation et d’encourager les fumeurs à cesser». Reste à espérer que ce rapport ne tombera pas dans les oreilles sourdes des décideurs !


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