Panama City: Despite public health campaigns, smoking remains the leading avoidable cause of death worldwide, killing almost six million people a year, mostly in low- and middle-income countries, the World Health Organization has said. If current trends hold, the number of deaths blamed on tobacco use will rise to eight million a year in 2030, the WHO said yesterday in a briefing unveiled at a conference in Panama. About 80 percent of tobacco-related deaths forecast for 2030 are expected in low- and middle-income countries, the report added.
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