January 13th, 2017 | ASAH Team
The rate of smoking in the United States has declined to an all-time low of 15.1 percent, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death. According to a recent study by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States National Cancer Institute (NCI), published in January 2017, smoking costs the world economy roughly $1 trillion a year. The study said that by 2030, the number of tobacco-related deaths is likely to increase from about 6 million to about 8 million a year.
The report also highlighted that the total cost of smoking outweighs global revenues generated from tobacco taxes. According to WHO’s assistant director-general for non-communicable diseases and mental health Oleg Chestnov, “The tobacco industry produces and markets products that kill millions of people prematurely, rob households of finances that could have been used for food and education, and impose immense health care costs on families, communities and countries.”
The study termed smoking as one of the largest cause of preventable premature deaths in the world and warned that this public health issue could take the shape of a major economic issue, if not controlled. As per the report, most of the people suffering from tobacco-related health problems live in developing countries.
The experts noted that some of the strongest resistance to tobacco control policies has come from governments due to their stance that limiting tobacco would hurt the economy. However, the report noted that execution of tobacco-control measures would only have a modest impact on tobacco-related employment and that would not result in net job losses.
The report said if all the nations increased excise taxes by roughly 80 cents per pack, the annual tax revenues from cigarettes globally could go up by 47 percent, or $140 billion. It said that this step would help in bringing down the smoking rate by 9 percent as the cigarette retail price would come down by an average of 42 percent.
To curb tobacco use, the study offered a range of effective policies, including increasing tobacco price and tax, total ban on tobacco marketing, comprehensive smoke-free policies and highly visible pictorial warning labels on tobacco products.
According to Frank Chaloupka, a contributor to the report and an economics and public health professor at University of Illinois, Chicago, U.S. is among the countries yet to ratify the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and could be doing better when it came to smoking cessation measures. Though the nation has increased taxes on tobacco products, it has weak limits on tobacco marketing and lags behind its efforts to put more explicit warning labels on tobacco products.
As per a new rule by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), smoking will be banned in all the public housing developments under the U.S. administration by mid 2018. The new rule by HUD will help expand the availability of smoke-free housing for people living in multi-unit properties. While smoke-free properties are safer from fire and comparatively cheaper to maintain, property owners stand to gain healthier tenants.
With the new rule in place, the HUD is aiming to eliminate secondhand exposure in public housing units. It will provide support to more than 3,100 U.S. public housing agencies to execute the no-smoking policy within the next 18 months.
To curtail the smoking trend, the U.S. can adopt more effective measures. If you know someone addicted to smoking, it is time to seek professional support. Contact the Arizona Substance Abuse Helpline to know about the top substance abuse treatment centers in Arizona. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number 866-857-5777 or chat online with our experts to get more information about the finest substance abuse rehab clinic in Arizona.