Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Smoking might be on the decline in the U.S., but in many other countries, smoking is still the norm.

The report titled "The Global Adult Tobacco Survey" (GATS) looked at tobacco users in 14 developing nations and included data from the U.S. and the U.K. for comparison. It found that about one-half of the men across the low- and middle-income nations use tobacco, mostly smoke products.

According to the study authors, the first wave of GATS showed high rates of smoking in men, early initiation of smoking in women, and low quit ratios, reinforcing the view that efforts to prevent initiation and promote cessation of tobacco use are needed to reduce associated morbidity and mortality.

Source: PBS Newshour | Hat tip: The NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City

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