«Ahead of World No Tobacco Day, the United Nations health agency is calling on countries to raise taxes on tobacco to encourage users to stop and prevent other people from becoming addicted to tobacco.
“Raising taxes on tobacco is the most effective way to reduce use and save lives,” says Margaret Chan, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). “Determined action on tobacco tax policy hits the industry where it hurts.”
Based on 2012 data, WHO estimates that by increasing tobacco taxes by 50 per cent, all countries would reduce the number of smokers by 49 million within the next 3 years and ultimately save 11 million lives.
Today, someone dies from tobacco use every six seconds, the agency noted in a news release issued ahead of the Day, observed on 31 May. Tobacco kills up to half of its users. It also incurs considerable costs for families, businesses and governments. …»