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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. If current trends continue, tobacco will kill more than 8 million people globally each year. A clear 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 avert around 5.5 million deaths each year. If a smoker who initiated in early adulthood stops before the age of 40, he/she can avoid more than 90% of the excess risk during their next few decades of life, as compared with those who continue to smoke.

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