May 30, 2018
As the world observes the 30th World No Tobacco Day, it is important to acknowledge the progress that has been accomplished to reduce smoking rates. However, we still face many challenges as we aim to end this global epidemic. While many people believe smoking is becoming less prevalent, there is the same number of smokers today, a billion, as there was a decade ago, mainly due to a combination of population growth and increased cigarette consumption in several regions of the world. A billion people will die this century from cigarette smoking if the status quo is maintained. This is not acceptable. How can we do more and what can we do differently?