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A World Health Organization survey of a 1/4 million people around the world estimates 1 billion deaths this century attributed to smoking (TIME)

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World Health Organization (WHO) survey results of 1/4 of a million people worldwide were analyzed by the University of Buffalo. Their study published was in the British medical journal The Lancet and shows tobacco could kill a billion people globally in this century. Nearly half of all men surveyed in this Global Adult Tobacco Survey used tobacco, especially in low and middle income counties. The survey also found that both men and women are starting to smoke at an earlier age.   Read the August 17, 2012 Time Magazine news article about the study.