The tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, every year killing more than 8 million people worldwide. More than 7 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 1.2 million are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.1.
According to the Statistics Sweden (SCB), 1 out of 10 women and men aged 16 and older smoke every day2.
The scale of the human and economic impact that tobacco imposes is preventable - in 2003, WHO Member States unanimously adopted the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). “WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic 2019: Offer help to quit tobacco use” is the seventh in a series of WHO reports that tracks the status of the tobacco epidemic and interventions to combat it.3