And on the fourth WHO According to the World Tobacco Trends Report, that number is expected to continue to decline to 1.27 billion by 2025.
Sixty countries are now on track to meet the voluntary global target of 30% reduction by 2025, up from two years earlier when only 32 countries were on the way.
For WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus, the numbers are very encouraging, but more work needs to be done.
“We still have a long way to go, and tobacco companies will continue to use all the tricks in the book to protect the huge profits they make from selling their deadly goods,” Tedros said.
According to the WHO, the latest data show thatthe tobacco industry used COVID-19 pandemics to strengthen the influence on the governments of 80 states.
The report calls on Member States to accelerate the implementation of the measures outlined in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).
Rüdiger Krech, director of WHO’s Department of Health Promotion, attributed some of the successes to measures agreed with the WHO FCTC, although maintaining this success is “fragile”.
“It is clear that tobacco control is effective and we have a moral obligation to our people to act aggressively to achieve Sustainable Development Goals Communication (SDGs), ”he said.
The recently published WHO Global Investment Case for Tobacco Cessation also provides a case for investing in tobacco cessation efforts.
According to the report, an annual $ 1.68 per capita contribution to national toll-free telephone lines for smoking cessation, SMS-based support and other measures could help 152 million tobacco users successfully quit smoking by 2030.
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Last year, 22.3% of the world’s population, 36.7% of all men and 7.8% of women used tobacco.
About 38 million children between the ages of 13 and 15 currently use tobacco, 13 million girls and 25 million boys. It is illegal for minors to buy tobacco, but the goal is to reduce the number of children using tobacco.
On average, upper-middle-income countries are doing the slowest, but with low or inadequate data quality in 29 countries, closer monitoring is needed to assess the trend.
Of all WHO regions, the largest drop is in the Americas, where the average user rate fell from 21 percent in 2010 to 16 percent last year.
In Africa, that figure fell from 15 percent to 10 percent, and the continent continues to have its lowest rates.
In Europe, 18% of women still use tobacco, significantly more than in any other WHO region, while the rest are on track to reduce female tobacco use by at least 30% by 2025.
Although Southeast Asia has the highest numbers (about 432 million users or 29 percent of the population), it is also the region with the fastest declining numbers.
Finally, the Western Pacific is projected to become the region with the highest tobacco consumption among men, with data showing that over 45% of the population will continue to use tobacco in 2025.
According to the WHO, this product kills more than 8 eight million people each year, more than 7 million of whom die from tobacco smoking and about 1.2 million others from second-hand smoke.