Tobacco, alcohol, processed foods and fossil fuels ‘kill 2.7m a year in Europe’

Tobacco, alcohol, processed foods and fossil fuels ‘kill 2.7m a year in Europe’

World Health Organization report calls on governments to impose tougher regulation of health-harming products

Tobacco, alcohol, ultra-processed foods (UPFs) and fossil fuels kill 2.7 million people a year in Europe, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which has called on governments to impose tougher regulation of health-harming products.

In a groundbreaking report , the WHO said powerful industries were driving ill-health and premature death by using “misleading” marketing and interfering in governments’ efforts to prevent killer diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

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