Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2009

The World Health Organization launched the WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2009 on Wednesday, 9 December, in Istanbul, Turkey.

The report is the second in a series about the extent of the global tobacco epidemic and measures to stop it. It includes the latest global and country figures on the prevalence of tobacco use and on the measures' impacts.

The report's theme is "smoke-free environments". WHO chose the theme because of the serious harmful effects of second-hand smoke, which include about 600,000 premature deaths per year, numerous crippling illnesses and economic losses in the tens of billions of dollars.

Participants in the launch ceremony included Turkish Minister of Health Dr Recep Akdağ, WHO Assistant-Director General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health Dr Ala Alwan and WHO Tobacco Free Initiative Director Dr Douglas Bettcher.

Media contact:

Timothy O'Leary
Communications Officer
Tobacco Free Initiative
WHO, Geneva
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