Issue Date: Jul 31, 1996
The first comprehensive status report on tobacco consumption all over the world has been prepared by the World Health Organization. The study revealed that around 1,100 million individuals around the world smoke regularly. While use of tobacco has decreased in developed countries since the early '80s, this decrease has been offset by a comparable increase in less developed countries. It is estimated that if current trends continue, tobacco use will claim 10 million deaths per year, of which around seven million will occur in developing nations.