How effective are EU policies in the fight against tobacco? Challenges and opportunities in the fight against smoking in the EU

October 12, 2023 by euractiv.com

How effective are EU policies in the fight against tobacco? Challenges and opportunities in the fight against smoking in the EU

700,000 people: that is the number of deaths registered every year in the European Union that can be attributed to smoking tobacco. Indeed, smoking is the chief cause of preventable cancer, accounting for 27% of all tumors, as well as a significant number of cardiovascular diseases and respiratory problems. And while smokers seek nicotine first and foremost, it’s the burning of tobacco that is the main driver behind these staggering numbers. According to the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer), combustible tobacco contains more than 70 certain carcinogenic and 7000 highly toxic substances.


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