Combating the Tobacco Epidemic at a Global Level
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death worldwide. With more than 1 billion smokers in the world, tobacco kills an estimated 6 million people every year. By 2030, the annual death toll from tobacco is estimated to rise beyond 8 million. Earlier this year, we were proud to sponsor the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, which gathered 2,000 delegates representing 125 countries to discuss the need for increased tobacco control across all geographic borders. Over the course of three days, we were able to gather expert perspectives, share ideas about the evolving tobacco control landscape, and support a symposium focused on strategies and tools to embed smoking cessation into health systems.