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Chiropractors Against Tobacco

October 3, 2008
By Maria DiDanieli


October 3, Toronto – The World
Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) continues to support chiropractors globally,
in the anti-tobacco initiative – guided by the World Health Organization (WHO)
– called Chiropractors Against Tobacco (CAT).

According to the WHO, tobacco use is one of the biggest public health threats ever faced,
killing about 5.4 million people a year – an average of one person very six
seconds.  There are over one billion
smokers around the world today.  Although
the use of tobacco is decreasing in high-income countries, its use is
increasing on an overall global scale. 
Almost half the world’s children breathe air contaminated with tobacco

More than
80% of the world’s smokers live in low-to-middle income countries.  Tobacco use eventually kills about half of
those who partake in it, and is a risk factor for six out of the eight leading
causes of death in the world.


Against Tobacco”  is a program aimed at raising
public awareness regarding the hazards of tobacco use, for those in high income
countries as well as people in low-to-middle income areas of the world.  Chiropractors are asked to talk to their patients
about the public health risks of tobacco use. As well, DCs can visit the WFC
website ( – click on “Chiropractors
Against Tobacco”) to view posters, pamphlets and a host of materials to help
educate the public on the negative aspects of tobacco use and/or to help
patients stay tobacco-free.