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10 facts on the global tobacco epidemic

A young boy flanked by two smokers with cigarettes.
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MPOWER policy 2: protecting people from tobacco smoke

More than half of countries worldwide, accounting for nearly two thirds of the population of the world, allow smoking in government offices, work spaces and other indoor settings. Smoke-free policies in the workplaces of several industrialized nations have reduced total tobacco consumption among employees by an average of 29%.

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