The World Health Organisation has recently launched the fourth edition of the WHO global report on trends in prevalence of tobacco use 2000-2025.
According to the report, in 2000, around a third (32.7%) of the global population (both sexes combined) aged 15 years and older were current users of some form of tobacco. By 2020, this rate has declined to under a quarter (22.3%) of the global population. Assuming that current efforts in tobacco control are maintained in all countries, the rate is projected to decline further to around a fifth (20.4%) of the global population by 2025. The age-standardized tobacco use prevalence rates are declining, on average, in all WHO regions.
The report also highlights that the African Region and South-East Asia Region are both on track to achieve an average reduction of almost 32% and, in so doing, join the Region of the Americas in likely achieving the NCD GAP target – a 30% relative reduction in tobacco use prevalence between 2010 and 2025.
The report is a great advocacy tool for justification of tobacco control interventions.
Tobacco products cause serious damage to health.