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Smoking cessation is particularly important for long-term improvements in public health.

In 2010, 6.3 million people around the world died from the effects of tobacco use, a figure measurably larger than the 5.3 million who died from tobacco use in 1990.The vast majority of tobacco-attributable deaths over the next 50 years will occur among current smokers: 450 million of them will die worldwide within this time frame. Global implementation of the tobacco control best practices could reduce the number of smokers around the globe from its current level of ~800 million to ~523 million by 2030, saving the lives of millions of current and potential future smokers.

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