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WHO calls for higher tobacco taxes

GENEVA More governments should raise taxes on tobacco, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, warning that smoking-related deaths would increase to 8 million a year by 2030 unless further measures were taken. Tobacco consumption currently kills 6 million people globally each year, more than the combined fatalities from AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. Although the percentage of smokers is falling in many countries, the overall number of smokers is rising because of the overall global population increase, the WHO said in its Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic. Currently, 33 of WHO's 194 member countries have levies amounting to 75 percent of the overall sales price, as...