WHO: Global Tobacco Consumption Decreases Not Significantly

By : Herry Barus And Aldo Bella Putra | Friday, June 01 2018 - 19:30 IWST

INDUSTRY.co.id - World Health Organization (WHO) states that tobacco consumption in the world has declined but not significantly from 27 percent in 2000 to 20 percent in 2016 globally.

In the Global Report on the Smoking Prevalence Trends of 2000-2025 quoted from WHO's written statement in Jakarta on Thursday (31/5/2018) mentioned the speed of efforts to reduce the need for cigarettes and the death and morbidity that are not in accordance with the global target and the commitment of the countries to reduce tobacco consumption by 30 percent by 2025 in the age group above 15 years.

"If this trend continues, then by 2025 only a decrease of 22 percent," said Director of Prevention of Non-communicable Diseases WHO Douglas Bettcher.

The trend report of the prevalence of smokers says the decline in the number of smokers is actually due to the increase in population.

As many as 1.1 billion adults in the world consume cigarettes, with 367 million of them consuming non-tobacco tobacco products.

43 percent of men aged 15 and over smoked in 2000, and dropped to 34 percent by 2015. In the women's group, 11 percent of people smoked in 2000, dropping to 6 percent by 2015.

Approximately 65 percent of the global population aged over 15 years consumes smokeless tobacco, with 8.4 percent of who are male and 4.6 percent female.

In the world, about 7 percent or 24 million children aged 13-15 years smoked with 17 million were male, and 7 million women. About 4 percent of 13 million children aged 13-15 years consume tobacco products other than cigarettes.

Today tobacco consumption still kills more than 7 million people every year.

More than 80 percent of smokers live in low- and middle-income countries. Smoking prevalence drops more slowly in low- and middle-income countries than in high-income countries, and the number of smokers’ increases in low-income countries.

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