The Worldwide Tobacco Smoking Declined: Fewer People Are Smoking Today, Especially Women

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The World Health Organization (WHO) declares that the Americas (North America and South America) are on track to meet a target of 30% reduction in tobacco use by 2025.

A ban for tobacco advertising and sponsorship was approved by 180 counters in 2005. The progress is visible as the worldwide prevalence of tobacco smoking has decreased from 27% in 2000 to 20% in 2016.



Canada, Iceland, Mexico, and Norway have reduced smoking by more than half in both men and women since 1980.

The tremendous progress was made on tobacco control. Fifty years ago, the first U.S. Surgeon General’s report was issued on the health impact of smoking. It encouraged investments by governments and nonprofit agencies to reduce tobacco as well as a research being made on tobacco related health issues.



Industrialized countries are making faster progress than developing countries due to resistance from tobacco industry. The lack of awareness about the risk of tobacco use should be addressed in low- and middle-income countries.

Globally, there has been significant progress in combating the deadly tobacco use. A lot of countries take strong action to reduce tobacco use dramatically.

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