Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Europe Holds Highest Regional Tobacco Intake, Alcohol Consumption and Obesity Rates

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Europe Holds Highest Regional Tobacco Intake, Alcohol Consumption and Obesity Rates

Article excerpt

International organisations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) have expressed concern that despite the still-increasing life expectancy of Europe, children may not actually live as long as their grandparents.

Health 2020 - the new European health policy framework which supports action across government and society - aims to improve public health among its member states, including an increase in life expectancy and a reduction in premature mortality. However, there are concerns that these improvements to health can be outweighed by alcohol consumption and smoking, particularly among young people. Alcohol is the third leading risk factor in Europe for disease and mortality, after tobacco and high blood pressure.

The 2015 European Health report, published every three years and covering the 53 member states of WHO's European region - outlined that 30% of Europe's population still smoked, a higher figure than for any other region. …

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