n South African Medical Journal - Turbo-charging tobacco control in South Africa : editorial

Volume 105, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Tobacco continues to be the leading cause of death and disease worldwide. Globally, the prevalence of smoking among adults decreased between 1980 and 2012 from 41% to 31% for men and from 11% to 6% for women, yet the number of smokers increased to nearly 1 billion by 2012. Tobacco use by girls is increasing in many countries, and unless effectively addressed will result in increased risk for the next generation of women. While media attention to global tobacco has waned, the harm it causes is increasing.

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