Can we reverse the tobacco epidemic?
WHO recommends two tools to reverse an epidemic that kills nearly 6 million people every year worldwide. Tobacco use by men and women in the Eastern Mediterranean Region is escalating, and consumption has reached alarming rates in young boys and girls.
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Tobacco use kills nearly 6 million people a year worldwide.
In the Eastern Mediterranean Region, 38% of men and 4% of women smoke tobacco.
Smoking rates among youth are particularly worrying: they can reach 42% among boys and 31% among girls. This includes smoking shisha, which is more popular among youth than cigarettes.
Full implementation of the WHO FCTC measures represented by MPOWER could reduce smoking prevalence in the Eastern Mediterranean Region by almost half.