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The World : U.N. Panel Assails Tobacco

January 16, 1986

The executive board of the World Health Organization, which says that smoking kills 1 million people each year, issued a sweeping condemnation of the use of tobacco. The 31-member board of the U.N. specialized agency unanimously adopted a resolution expressing deep concern over the "current pandemic of smoking and other forms of tobacco use." The presence of carcinogens and other toxic substances in tobacco smoke and the direct link between tobacco and a range of fatal and disabling diseases have been scientifically proven, the resolution said.

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