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- Global tobacco use has declined, from one in three adults in 2000 to one in five today.
- 150 countries have successfully reduced tobacco use.
- WHO calls for continued efforts to combat the tobacco industry's influence.
Tobacco use has long been a problem for global public health, but new data from the World Health Organization (WHO) show a positive trend. According to the latest report on tobacco trends, global tobacco use has significantly decreased since the beginning of the century. Today, about one in five adults uses tobacco, compared to one in three in 2000.
Progress in 150 countries
This positive change is a global phenomenon. The report highlights that 150 countries have seen a successful reduction in tobacco use.
Despite these advancements, WHO urges countries not to reduce their efforts. It is important to continue the work of implementing and maintaining policies that limit tobacco use to ensure continued positive development.
The report also points to specific challenges in different regions. WHO's Southeast Asian region currently has the highest proportion of tobacco users, 26.5 percent, closely followed by the European region with 25.3 percent. However, it is predicted that WHO's European region will have the highest proportion of tobacco users globally by 2030, at just over 23 percent.