Globally, there are 1.25 billion adult tobacco users, according to the latest estimates in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) tobacco trends report.
Trends in 2022 show a continued decline in tobacco use rates globally. With about 1 in 5 adults worldwide consuming tobacco, compared to 1 in 3 in 2000.
The report shows that 150 countries are successfully reducing tobacco use. Brazil and the Netherlands are seeing success after they implemented MPOWER tobacco control measures, with Brazil making a relative reduction of 35% since 2010 and the Netherlands on the verge of reaching the 30% target.
Sun and skin cancer: what you need to know
WHO and the International Labour Organization (ILO) recently released estimates on how many workers are exposed to intense sunlight at work and how many of them develop non-melanoma skin cancer. How does long exposure to sunlight cause skin cancer? Who is at risk? How can you, your employer, and your government protect you?
Dr Frank Pega explains in Science in 5
Video gaming is harming hearing
Attention, gamers! A recent BMJ study warns that the sound levels in video games might be harming your hearing, potentially leading to permanent hearing loss or tinnitus. Remember to keep your gaming volume at a safe level; your ears will appreciate it.
The 154th session of WHO’s Executive Board is taking place from 22–27, 2024.
The Executive Board is composed of 34 technically qualified members elected for three-year terms. The main functions of the Board are to implement the decisions and policies of the Health Assembly and to advise and generally facilitate its work.