Stages of change: Moving countries towards comprehensive tobacco policies and programmes
Today, about 9000 people around the world will die because of tobacco use. This will happen tomorrow and each day thereafter. Unless the situation changes dramatically, in another two or three decades, tobacco products will kill around 10 million people each year, with 70% of those deaths occurring in developing countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) has been involved in a series of activities to help countries move towards comprehensive tobacco control policies and programmes. One project focuses on strengthening tobacco control in countries of central and eastern Europe, largely because of the remarkably high rates of mortality that tobacco causes in this region: In 1995, 700 000 deaths in the former socialist economies were caused by tobacco, or about 25% of the world total.