Study conducted with US National Cancer Institute says 80 percent of deaths occur in low and middle-income countries
Smoking will kill more than eight million people a year by 2030, according to a World Health Organization study.
The study, which was conducted with the US National Cancer Institute and released on Tuesday, found that more than 80 percent of these deaths occur in low and middle-income countries.
Smoking also costs the global economy more than a trillion dollars annually.
Those costs far outweigh global revenues from tobacco taxes, which the WHO estimated at about $269bn in 2013-2014.
“It is responsible for over $1 trillion in healthcare costs and lost productivity each year,” said the study, peer-reviewed by more than 70 scientific experts