The specialists belonging to the international group of public health and policy wrote in the The Lancet, the medical journal, that the sale of tobacco worldwide should be phased out by 2040. They also exhorted the people to start a, what they termed, “turbo-charged” global campaign against the use and sale of tobacco. A World Conference on Tobacco and Health is scheduled to be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, between Tuesday and Saturday where a number of articles are to be launched on tobacco addiction and its consequences.
Experts, on the other hand, warn of spurt in the use of tobacco especially in the developed countries, and Middle East and African nations. It is claimed that with the world population increasing, more than a billion people would still be smoking by 2025 unless concerted efforts are made worldwide to restrict or ban the sale of tobacco. At the same time, more than a billion people are estimated to die of smoking related complications during the present century, and over 80% deaths are likely to occur in poor and developing countries. As per Robert Beaglehole of the University of Auckland, New Zealand, a world where tobacco is out of mind, out of sight, and out of fashion is still possible; if governments show full commitment, international agencies like the United Nations, World Health Organization or the likes, and civil societies could show determination of steel.
According to the W.H.O., around six million people are killed worldwide due to the use of tobacco every year. Besides the fatal lung cancer, tobacco also causes several other health issues such as blood pressure, heart diseases, and strokes that are equally dangerous. .