Tobacco will kill nearly six million people this year, including 600,000 non-smokers, because governments are not doing enough to persuade people to quit or protect others from second-hand smoke, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.
Since there is often a lag of many years between when people start smoking and when it affects health, the epidemic of tobacco-related disease and death has just begun, the WHO said. But by 2030, the annual death toll could reach 8 million,
Tobacco use is the second leading cause of death globally, after hypertension. This year more than 5 million will die from a tobacco-related heart attack, stroke or lung ailment. The good news is that this epidemic is preventable,
Smoking is widely popular in Russia, where lighting up is a normal occurrence at most workplaces, restaurants, and public gatherings, despite longstanding government bans. Male smokers typically outnumber female smokers by around two to one,
The United States and NATO are conducting provocative activities both in airspace and waters of the Black Sea, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu said