Smoking declines around the world but most countries set to miss targets, report finds Tobacco use has fallen significantly since 2000 but less wealthy countries are lagging behind, a new report from the World Health Organization has found.
The report, released to coincide with Global No Tobacco Day, shows that worldwide the number of smokers fell by 29 million from 2000 to 2015 as more countries adopt policies to help their populations kick the habit. Today, some 1.1 billion people - 20 per cent of the population over the age of 15 - smoke.
Yet, although most countries have seen a fall in smoking rates, only a minority of countries look set to meet global and national commitments to cut tobacco use in over 15s by 30 per cent by 2025. The UK is one of a handful of countries on track to meet this goal. The Daily Telegraph