Many people, particularly in the United States, are convinced that tobacco is a problem of the past. Unfortunately, this is far from true. Tobacco products still kill more people than alcohol, AIDS, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined. Left unchecked, tobacco use will kill 1 billion people this century. The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on all countries to take urgent action to reduce smoking; it projects the number of deaths will rise to 8 million annually by 2030 unless action is taken.
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