This plant seems harmless.
By the end of the 21st century, this plant will kill more than 1 billion people.
Tobacco is the second major cause of death in the world and the fourth most common risk factor for disease worldwide. It is currently responsible for the death of one in ten adults globally, about 5 million deaths each year.
That is like losing the entire population of Norway… every year.
Half the people that smoke today, about 650 million people, will eventually be killed by tobacco.
Nicotine is a highly addictive substance. Warning people about its true risks can go a long way towards reducing tobacco addiction. Requiring graphic warnings on tobacco packages is a simple, cheap and effective strategy that can vastly reduce tobacco use and save lives.
Stop the madness! Live tobacco free.
Join ADRA in observing World No Tobacco Day on Sunday, May 31, 2009.