Monday, November 29, 2010

WHO's First Report on Worldwide Burden of Tobacco on Health

USA Today: Second hand smoke sickens and kills 600,000 people worldwide every year, says a new report by the World Health Organization. The report found 165,000 of these deaths are in kids younger than five.

But researchers say that smoke-free laws can help to curb this number since in just one year after these types of laws are enacted heart attacks drop 10-20%. In the USA Today article, Stanton Glantz, director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California-San Francisco calls smoke-free laws one of the "glimmers of hope" within the report.

Overall, tobacco kills 5.7 million people worldwide each year.

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