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Tobacco deaths are rising worldwide

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a report saying that the use of tobacco is killing 5.4 million people per year worldwide -- an average of one person every six seconds. Tobacco is responsible for about one in 10 adult deaths. The main diseases caused by tobacco are lung cancer, oral cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and emphysema which is a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Although tobacco use is decreasing in high-income countries, the use of tobacco products is increasing globally, particularly in developing countries. In the 20th century, tobacco caused 100 million deaths. If current trends continue, there will be up to one billion deaths in the 21st century.

Michael R. Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, has committed to donate $125 million Dollars for initiatives to end the global tobacco epidemic. The WHO will coordinate tobacco control efforts in developing countries where the health burden from tobacco use is highest.
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