A report published by the World Health Organization (WHO) points out that Brazil is one of the world leaders in tobacco control. The study also shows that one in ten deaths caused by disease in the world is attributable to cigarettes.
“The country appears as one of the eight low-and middle-income nations that have managed to implement four or more of these effective [control] measures at the highest level. Thus, Brazil continues to appear as a reference to other countries in the global scenario regarding tobacco control,” said Rodrigo Santos Feijó, technical officer of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
Despite the data shown by the 2017 Global Tobacco Epidemic survey, 4.7 billion people, equivalent to 63% of the world’s population, have access to tobacco use warnings.
As a result, the agency suggests an increase in product control policies at global level. The proposed measures include increased dissemination of warning images and graphics on tobacco risks and the establishment of smoke-free public places.
Today, the number of people informed about the risks of smoking has grown, with some 3.6 billion more people than in 2007 who are aware of its consequences. The document suggests that a joint effort by multiple countries can help prevent millions of deaths each year from smoking or diseases associated with tobacco, adding that comprehensive tobacco control policies have quadrupled since 2007.