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World Health Organization Publication : Year 2002, The Tobacco Atlas: The Tobacco Atlas

By Gro Harlem Brundtland, Dr.

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Book Id: WPLBN0000170944
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Title: World Health Organization Publication : Year 2002, The Tobacco Atlas: The Tobacco Atlas  
Author: Gro Harlem Brundtland, Dr.
Language: English
Subject: Health., Public health, Wellness programs
Collections: Medical Library Collection, World Health Collection
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Publisher: World Health Organization


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“More people smoke today than at any other time in human history. One person dies every ten seconds due to smoking-related diseases. Research evidence in the past five years shows a bleaker picture of the health danger of smoking than previously realised. Tobacco is the biggest killer, much bigger in dimension than all other forms of pollution. Children are the most vulnerable. Habits start in youth. The tobacco industry knows it and acts accordingly. This is a medical challenge, but also a cultural challenge. Let us all speak out: tobacco is a killer. It should not be advertised, subsidised or glamourised. Adolescents should not be allowed to mortgage their lives to the seductive advertisements of the industry. Girls and women are being targeted all over the world by expensive and seductive tobacco advertising images of freedom, emancipation, slimness, glamour and wealth. Tobacco companies should be accountable for the harm caused by tobacco use. The day I took office I launched the Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI) to spearhead the struggle to reverse the worsening trends in health caused by tobacco and to add momentum to a critical public health struggle. The initiative aims at heightening global awareness of the need to address tobacco consumption. It also seeks to build new partnerships and strengthen existing partnerships for action against tobacco; to commission policy research to fill gaps; and, to accelerate national and global policy to implement strategies. The way it works illustrates the way we wish WHO to work in the future making the most of our own resources and knowledge and drawing heavily on the knowledge and experience of others.

Table of Contents
Contents Foreword 9 Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director-General, World Health Organization Preface 11 Acknowledgments 13 Photo Credits 15 About the Authors 17 1 The History of Tobacco 18 The global spread of tobacco from the Americas to the rest of the world. Historical highlights of key events and action taken to curb the epidemic. Part One: PREVALENCE AND HEALTH 2 Types of Tobacco Use 22 Different forms of smoking and other forms of tobacco, including cigarettes, pipes, bidis, kreteks. 3 Male Smoking 24 Smoking prevalence among men. Trends in selected countries. Smoking among physicians. Top 10 countries. Tobacco industry quote. 4 Female Smoking 26 Smoking prevalence among women. Trends in selected countries. Where women smoke as much as men. Where men smoke ten times as much as women. Tobacco industry quote. 5 Youth 28 Tobacco use prevalence among male and female youth. Passive smoking. Youth perception of smoking. Tobacco industry quotes.


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