WHO calls for increasing taxes to reduce consumption of snuff

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WHO estimates that if it increases to 50 percent tax snuff, the number of smokers is reduced. (Photo Archive)

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated Saturday that if taxes on snuff were increased by 50 percent in three years would reduce the number and could save the lives of 11 million people.
On World Day Against Snuff this March 31, the organization revealed that 49 million smokers, 38 million adults would abandon smoking, while remaining 11 million young people who would not become new smokers.
“Increasing taxes snuff is the most effective and least expensive way to reduce consumption and so save lives,” said in this regard the WHO Director General, Margaret Chan.
Annually, six million people die from smoking-related causes, of which 600,000 are passive smokers.
The World No Snuff is dedicated this year to efforts to raise awareness among governments about the crucial importance of consumption taxes on snuff and therefore health.
It is shown that with increased taxes some smokers stop smoking completely: some young people begin to consume; and those that do not let in many cases reduce consumption.
“The price increase is three times more effective among young people than among adults,” said Douglas Bettcher, director of prevention of non-communicable diseases of WHO.