Rabat - A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that the number of smokers in Morocco has notably risen, expecting it to reach over 7 million by 2025.
Rabat – A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that the number of smokers in Morocco has notably risen, expecting it to reach over 7 million by 2025.
The World Health Organization urged the Moroccan government on Tuesday to increase taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products to discourage use and decrease the rising number of smokers across Morocco.
In its Global Report on Trends in Prevalence of Tobacco Smoking 2015, WHO estimated that up to 21% of Morocco’s population (approximately 4,820,500 persons) smoked in 2010.
More specifically, the report noted that about 42% of men and up to 2% of women smoked in Morocco in 2010.
It goes on to add that the highest rate of smoking among men was seen in the 25 – 39 age group and 15 – 24 age group among women.
WHO recommends that at least one adult survey and one youth survey be completed every five years.
In the event that the Moroccan government does not adopt new measures to discourage the use of tobacco, the UN estimated thatthe number of smokers could be over 7 millionby 2025.
“If tobacco control efforts continue at the same intensity, WHO projects that in 2025 around 29% of the population (approximately 7,884,900 persons) will be smokers”, the report reads.
It expects the rate of smokers to be approximately 58% for men and 1% for women by 2025.
Member States, including Morocco, adopted a voluntary global target to reduce tobacco use 30% (smoking and smokeless) by 2025.
However, based on the current smoking trend, Morocco will not achieve the target, WHO concluded.
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