Background Paper Abstract:
As the single most important risk factor for premature death and chronic disease in the world, tobacco poses a grave threat to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health. Tobacco use claims 5.4 million lives each year. Tobacco is more fatal than tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and malaria put together. It is projected that by 2030 tobacco will kill more than 8 million people globally each year; 80 percent of these deaths are expected to occur in low-to- middle income countries . . .