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On World No Tobbacco Day the WHO is Asking Countries to Ban All Tobbacco Ads

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Today, Friday May 31st, is "World No Tobacco Day" and the World Health Organization is asking countries to ban all forms of tobacco advertising.

According to the who, tobacco use kills nearly six-million people every year.

Their research claims that one-third of youth experimentation with tobacco is a result of advertising, something WHO Director Douglas Bettchet wants to change.

"WHO has chosen the very crucial, the very important theme of banning all forms of tobacco advertising and sponsorship this year because this is one of the key effective measures that we know reduces tobacco consumption" says Douglas Bettcher, WHO Director.

Bettcher said Turkey is the only country to reach a "best practice" level and is seeing the benefits.

"Turkey by doing so has reported a 13 reduction in tobacco use in just four years." says Douglas Bettcher, WHO Director.