Note from the Editor-in-Chief: Smoking as a Major Public Health Challenge( Preface )

Abdallah A. Abbadi


The WHO has identified non-communicable diseases in developing countries as a major public health and socio-economic problem .They are considered the major challenge to development in the 21st century. Four diseases and four modifiable shared risk factors are listed by the WHO for countries to work on if health is to be maintained and development to be sustained.

The four major diseases are cardiovascular, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases. The four major shared risk factors are tobacco use, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol.

The WHO estimates the yearly death rates in the world to be 59 million individuals. Of those 35 million die of non-communicable diseases mostly from the 4 diseases mentioned above. Currently there are estimated 1300 million smokers in the world. By the year 2025, the estimated number will be 1640 million smokers in the world. Most of the smokers will be in the developing countries Jordan being one of them.

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