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Tobacco Hurts Poorer Nations More

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Tobacco is responsible for nearly 6 million deaths worldwide annually and is the world’s top cause of preventable death, a U.S. journal says.

A supplement published in the journal Cancer Causes and Control featured 11 studies showing the disproportionate impact of tobacco use, secondhand smoke exposure, and tobacco-related cancer and disease among those those of lower socioeconomic position and, in some cases, by gender and race/ethnicity.

“Tobacco’s impact has reached epidemic proportions around the world,” Dr. Donna Vallone, senior vice president for research and evaluation at legacy and co-editor of the special supplement, said in a statement. “This special issue confirms what we have known in public health for many years: Tobacco is not an equal opportunity killer, it impacts the health and economies of poor nations.”

The World Health Organization said nearly 80 percent of the world’s 1 billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

Studies conducted in Vietnam and China show how vulnerable populations — including women and children, racial/ethnic minorities and the poor — are disproportionately affected by secondhand smoke exposure, Vallone said.

In addition, data from Southeast Asia show a five-fold mortality increase from oral cancers among tobacco chewers compared to never chewers with a strong and inverse association with education.

“This is a critical opportunity for preventing the progression of tobacco use among women in many low- and middle-income countries particularly those in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia,” Vallone said. “The supplement allows us to take a look at where the burden lies, so that interventions can be tailored accordingly.”

 

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    Why should anyone have any use for this article? When it comes to tobacco, Uncle Scam and America’s tobacco companies are so deep in bed with each other that they act like they’re joined at the hip [twins via incest?].
    Do we still export tobacco products around the world that are loaded with nasty chemicals that can’t be sold in America? Do we still have elected retards in Congress who think Chinese tobacco is wonderful, but American tobacco is B A D?
    Try a little harder, UPI. This useful idiot article might interest someone who’s bored, but I found it typical of the mentality that says ‘a’ and does ‘b.’ As long as tobacco companies make money, Uncle Scam gets his cut. You know it. Americans know it. If they live long enough, the sons and daughters of _______ in Congress might come to understand it, too.
    You still suck it through a straw, UPI.

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