World: WHO Launches Internet-Based Drive Against Smoking
The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a new Internet-based information program that outlines the life-saving and economic benefits of persuading tobacco smokers to quit smoking.
The program is aimed at the 30 million European smokers who try -- but mostly fail -- to give up cigarettes, cigars and pipes each year. The program outlines the benefits of stopping smoking after an exhaustive survey of six countries: Poland, Germany, France, Britain, Italy, and the Netherlands. The website provides statistics about smoking-related health effects, including a higher incidence of chronic pulmonary disease, cancer, asthma, coronary heart disease, and strokes.
The WHO Economic Consequences of Smoking Model is available on the internet at the following address: www.who.dk/hp/adt/ecos/whoweb.asp