Tobacco-related illness is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced. Tobacco use is a major preventable risk factor for most noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) including vascular disease, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases.
Approximately one person dies from a tobacco- related disease every 6 seconds, equivalent to almost 6 million people a year. Alarmingly, tobacco use is on the rise; it has doubled in the last four decades and it is more prevalent among young people and the poor.
If countries continue with a business-as-usual scenario using the tobacco control measures they currently have, it is estimated that tobacco use may account for the death of 150 million people (8 million per year) by 2030,1 with over 80%of these deaths occurring in low- and middle- income countries.