There are 1.2 billion smokers in the world, according to the study.
In the first worldwide study of the effects of “passive smoking,” researchers at the World Health Organization have discovered that 600,000 people—a third of them children—die each year from secondhand smoke. —JCL
The first global study into the effects of passive smoking has found it causes 600,000 deaths every year.
One-third of those killed are children, often exposed to smoke at home, the World Health Organization (WHO) found.
The study, in 192 countries, found that passive smoking is particularly dangerous for children, said to be at higher risk of sudden infant death syndrome, pneumonia and asthma.