According to a report by the World Lung Foundation and the American Cancer Society, tobacco has taken fifty million lives worldwide in the past decade.
Although smoking rates are declining across the globe, tobacco usage in poorer parts of the world are increasing. Last year, 80% of the world’s tobacco-related deaths occurred in middle- and low-income countries. In China, tobacco is the number one cause of death, being responsible for 1.2 million deaths every year.
Tobacco companies have been trying to challenge anti-tobacco laws such as advertisements on tobacco products and anti-smoking bans in public places.
In 2010, six of the biggest tobacco firms in the world made a total of $35.1 billion in profits, which amounts to the earning of Coca-Cola, Microsoft, and McDonald’s…combined!
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