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1 in 5 people are protected by complete tobacco smoking bans

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Many governments are making progress in the fight against tobacco, with 5 billion people protected by comprehensive tobacco control policies. But a new WHO report shows many countries are still not adequately implementing policies. 2.6 billion people remain unprotected, leaving them at risk of harms caused by tobacco use.
 
Only 1 in 5 people are protected by complete tobacco smoking bans in indoor public spaces and workplaces. 6 in 10 tobacco users want to quit and with proven help, they can more than double their chances of quitting. “Quitting tobacco is one of the best things any person can do for their own health,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. Currently, there are an estimated 1.1 billion smokers, around 80% of whom live in low- and middle-income countries.

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WHO urges countries to invest
in eliminating hepatitis
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On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July, WHO is calling on countries to take advantage of recent reductions in the costs of diagnosing and treating viral hepatitis and scale up investments in disease elimination.
 
A new study by WHO, published in Lancet Global Health, has found that investing US$6bn per year in eliminating hepatitis in 67 low- and middle-income countries would avert 4.5 million premature deaths by 2030, and more than 26 million deaths beyond that target date.

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