WHO proposes to raise cigarette prices in Azerbaijan and prevent hookah smoking

Thu 17 Jan 2019 20:38 GMT | 00:38 Local Time

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Fatos Hande Harmanci, the representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Azerbaijan, stated that tobacco smoking remains a serious problem around the world.

"In Azerbaijan, about 1.3 million people are smoking tobacco, and half of the people who smoke in the country die before they reach the age of 70 years. Therefore, a serious fight to prevent tobacco use is very important. It is necessary to increase the cost of tobacco products, which are cheap in Azerbaijan. Increase in prices will be able to prevent the start of smoking among young people to some extent," the WHO representative said.

She pointed out that it is also necessary to reduce advertising of tobacco products, start the closed sale of cigarettes, or change cigarette packs.

"If measures are not taken to combat tobacco use, the number of smokers will continue to grow. My observations show that the Baku youth is interested in the use of cigarettes and hookah. I note that hookah smoking for one hour is comparable to smoking 40 cigarettes," Ms. Harmanci said.

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