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About 270,000 people die in Russia of tobacco smoking every year
About 270,000 people die in Russia of tobacco smoking every year, Gennady Ivanov, chief expert at the Russian Federal Service on Protection of Consumers' Rights, said at a press conference on Russia's signing of the anti-smoking convention of the World Health Organization. It is timed to coincide with the World No-Tobacco Day. According to WHO data, 5 million people annually die of tobacco smoking in the world. Mr. Ivanov said that 70% of Russian men and 30% of Russian women are tobacco smokers. "The number of smokers among teenagers and women keeps growing," he noted. According to the information of the preventive medicine center of the Russian Health and Social Development Ministry, 30.5 million men over 20 and 14 million women of this age are smokers in Russia. Life expectancy in Russia is 10-15 years lower than in developed countries. "Life expectancy of Russian men is 59.4 years, however, if they did not smoke it would be 63 years," the center's representative noted. State Duma deputy Boris Kibirev believes that "the key anti-smoking task is not to make adults quit smoking but to prevent young people from becoming smokers."
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