Wednesday, July 04, 2007

One Billion To Die Due to Tobacco

World Health Organization has stated that one billion people will die by the end of this century due to tobacco-related diseases.

Not frigthening enough? It may be you OR may not be you but the person next to you OR one of your family members. 1 billion divided by 6 billion people on the face of the earth now = staggering 16%. Every 6 persons, 1 will die.

By the way, it's already killing 5.4 million people every year.

Malaysian government did its part by raising the sin tax on cigarettes, a 25% increase in excise duty. A good way to obtain government revenue. In a way, it may deter people from burning their health away in a slow way. Sad scenario in Malaysia is when tax increases, smugglings increased to avoid paying such tax.

Singapore has banned patrons from lighting up in pubs, nightclubs, karaoke lounge ........ for 99% of the patrons "where else can we smoke in Singapore?"......

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