18 Aug 2008
People who are addicted to nicotine are victims of the tobacco epidemic. Among smokers who are aware of the dangers of tobacco, three out of four want to quit. Like most people dependent on any addictive drug, it is difficult for most tobacco users to quit on their own and they benefit from help and support to overcome their dependence.
– World Health Organization (WHO)
Tobacco is hazardous not only because it contains 4000 chemicals (of which over 50 cause cancer and many others adversely affect the body) but also because it contains the highly addictive substance: nicotine.
Global addiction to this substance is causing an epidemic of death and disease.
To address and treat tobacco dependence, treatment must be provided to all tobacco users who wish to quit, plus tobacco control policies and measures must be implemented globally.
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