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Six million people die from this each year

Tobacco kills half its users, says the World Health Organization in the lead-up to World No Tobacco Day on 31 May.

Six million people die from tobacco-related disease each year. “More than five million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while more than 600,000 are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke,” WHO says in a media statement.

“Approximately one person dies every six seconds due to tobacco, accounting for one in 10 adult deaths. Up to half of current users will eventually die of a tobacco-related disease.”

Smoking tobacco and other products is banned in most Australian workplaces.

Graphical images on cigarette packets have also been introduced, among other initiatives such as taxes, to persuade Australians not to smoke.

Taxes are viewed as playing a significant role in reducing tobacco use. “Taxes are the most cost-effective way to reduce tobacco use, especially among young people and poor people,” WHO says.

“A tax increase that increases tobacco prices by 10 per cent decreases tobacco consumption by about four per cent in high-income countries and by up to eight per cent in low- and middle-income countries.”

Total tobacco taxes in Australia accounted for more than 63 per cent of the final price of a packet of cigarettes in 2012.

New laws will increase the excise and excise-equivalent customs duty on tobacco over four staged increases of 12.5 per cent each over the next two years.

For more detail, visit World No Tobacco Day.

Published on 22 May 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

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