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The World Health Organisation has announced that their numbers show five million people die from smoking around the world every year and warn that the number could rise if more stringent measures aren’t taken to minimise smoking’s impact.

WHO also stated that 600,000 people die every year from passive smoking, ie. inhaling someone else’s cigarette smoke. Last year, WHO unveiled six strategies that countries could implement to protect their people from the harm of cigarettes.

However, less than 10% of the world’s population is covered by any one of those six strategies, which include smoking bans, higher tobacco taxes and bans on tobacco advertising. Another clear example of how the world works.

And yet…Marijuana is illegal in most countries. Can someone help understand the logic behind this?

Source: news.yahoo.com

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Shocking pictures of throat cancer and rotting teeth are to appear on cigarette packets from today in England will illustrate the health risks of smoking. Among the other images smokers will see are rotting lungs, a corpse in a morgue and a body cut open during surgery.

According to the dailymail.co.uk, the photos will appear on the back of packets accompanied by a written health warning. The images replace the previous warnings introduced in January 2003, although the messages ‘Smoking kills’ and ‘Smoking seriously harms you and others around you’ will continue to appear on the front of packets.

Canada was the first country to introduce picture warnings in 2001.Research a year later found 31 per cent of ex-smokers said the images had motivated them to quit the habit while 27 per cent said they had helped them to remain non-smokers, according to the Department of Health.

Graphic images are now used on tobacco products sold in Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, New Zealand, Singapore, Venezuela, Thailand and Uruguay.

———Personal note———

In my opinion we don’t have smoking problem here in Dominica, but there are some chronic– smokers going around who have no disregard to other peoples health and the effects secondary hand smoking can have on non-smokers health. If it takes these graphic images to stop people from engaging in this disgusting habit. I could never understand this – if cigarettes are dangerous why governments don’t make them illegal to buy? Can someone help me answer this question – please!

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