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Experts seek ways to end smoking in Europe

English.news.cn   2014-03-27 07:28:38

ISTANBUL, March 26 (Xinhua) -- European experts gave their warnings to insisting smokers in Europe at a conference here on Wednesday, as European countries are taking necessary rules and regulations to prevent the use of tobacco products.

More than 400 experts, academicians and members of civil organizations from all around Europe gathered at the 6th European Conference on Tobacco or Health in Istanbul in a bid to bring an end to the use of tobacco in Europe.

A research in 2013 showed that among 34 European countries, England was the most successful country in struggling with the use of tobacco, followed by Ireland and Iceland at the second and third place respectively. Turkey together with France shared the fifth rank.

Tobacco control experts said that the countries were ranked by criteria including tobacco prices, the use of tobacco products indoors, the budgets spent to ban smoking, and the advertisement.

A latest survey showed the worst countries in admitting tobacco control measures in Europe are Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

European health experts affirmed at the opening of the conference that if smokers' number would not be lessened in the short run one billion people will die in the 21st century. In the past 20th century 100 million people already died of smoking.

During the three-day conference tobacco experts, together with representatives of health sectors, will discuss the scenarios for achievements and challenges in tackling smoking in Europe.

Editor: Yang Lina
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