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May 31, 2015 11:46 AM

Today is World No Tobacco Day


The World Health Organization has declared May 31 to be World No Tobacco Day.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and death.

Worldwide, tobacco use causes nearly 6 million deaths per year, and current trends show that tobacco use will cause more than 8 million deaths annually by 2030, the CDC reports

As part of the international No Tobacco Day, the World Health Organization, or WHO, is asking countries to take action again the illicit tobacco trade.

"The illicit tobacco trade offers products at lower prices, primarily by avoiding government taxes through smuggling, illegal manufacturing and counterfeiting, " the WHO news release says. "Cheaper tobacco encourages younger tobacco users (who generally have lower incomes) and cuts government revenues, reducing the resources available for socioeconomic development, especially in low-income countries that depend heavily on consumption taxes."


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