The Global Status report also said that smoking was a leading cause of noncommunicable disease, which accounted for more than 36 million deaths in 2008.
Other key findings from the report included the following:
-Around 6m individuals die from tobacco use every year.
-By 2020 the above figure will increase to 7.5m, accounting for 10 per cent of all deaths globally.
-Each year 3.2 million die due to a lack of exercise, 2.8m from obesity and 2.5 from alcohol.
WHO Director General, Dr Margaret Chan, said: “For some countries, it is no exaggeration to describe the situation as an impending disaster; a disaster for health, for society, and most of all for national economies
“Chronic noncommunicable diseases deliver a two-punch blow to development. They...