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Since 2015, the number of persons who use tobacco has decreased by 25 million worldwide.

Despite a growing population, worldwide tobacco usage has declined by 25 million individuals since 2015, according to a report released on Tuesday by the World Health Organization (WHO). This trend is expected to continue in the future years.

According to the WHO’s global tobacco trends report, there are around 1.3 billion tobacco users worldwide, down from 1.32 billion in 2015, with the number anticipated to drop to 1.27 billion by 2025.

Sixty nations are on track to fulfill the voluntary worldwide goal of lowering tobacco consumption by 30% by 2025.

“It’s really encouraging to see fewer individuals using tobacco each year, and more nations on pace to fulfill global targets,” WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus said.

“We still have a long way to go, and tobacco companies will continue to use every trick in the book to defend their massive profits from peddling their lethal wares.” In a statement, the official said, “We encourage all countries to make better use of the many effective methods available for helping individuals quit and saving lives.”

Only 32 nations were on track to fulfill their voluntary tobacco reduction targets in past WHO reports, according to Ruediger Krech, the WHO’s director for health promotion, but that number has nearly quadrupled this year.

“Countries of all income levels are progressing and on track to reach their targets.” He went on to say, “The evidence is plain.”

There are 1.3 billion tobacco users on the planet.

“The number has already reduced 25 million since 2015, or roughly 5 million tobacco users fewer each year in the past five years,” Krech said, noting that there are currently around 1.3 billion tobacco users worldwide, according to figures for 2020. “It is expected to reduce another 28 million by 2025.”

Tobacco was used by 22.3 percent of the global population in 2020, 36.7 percent of males and 7.8 percent of women.

According to the WHO, 60 countries are on track to meet the tobacco use reduction goal by 2025.

Since the last report two years ago, two more regions, Africa and Southeast Asia, have joined the Americas in pledging a 30% decrease.

“Over the last five years, the number of male tobacco smokers has decreased by 2 million to 1,067,000,000, despite a global population increase of 183 million,” Krech stated.

Despite a global population increase of 178 million people, female tobacco users have decreased by 23 million to 231 million in the last five years.

According to a WHO official, European women are the slowest in the world to quit smoking.

“This is the only region that isn’t on schedule to receive the 30 percent cut.” “Around 18 percent of women in the European region still smoke cigarettes, which is far more than any other WHO region,” Krech added.

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