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10 facts on the global tobacco epidemic

A hand holding a flower over an ashtray instead of a cigarette.
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MPOWER policy 3: offering help to quit tobacco use

Among smokers who are aware of the dangers of tobacco, three out of four want to quit. Comprehensive services to treat tobacco dependence are available to only 5% of the world’s population. It is difficult for tobacco users to quit on their own and most people benefit from help and support to overcome their dependence. Countries' health-care systems hold the primary responsibility for treating tobacco dependence.

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