February 1, 2018
According to a World Health Organization report, worldwide, smoking killed more than 7 million people in 2017. It has claimed more than 5 million lives every year since 1990 and its contribution to overall disease burden is growing, especially in lower income countries. The negative effects of smoking extend well beyond individual and population health as smoking-related diseases lead to billions of dollars in lost productivity and health-care expenditures every year.
Against this backdrop, impressive steps have been taken to establish the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World as an independent entity committed to ending smoking, as recently outlined in The Lancet and BMJ Opinion.