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Princess Haya Calls for Action to Protect Health in the Developing World
Date:2/24/2010

GENEVA, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tobacco use encouraged by aggressive marketing and growing obesity linked to poor diets and physical inactivity endanger millions of people in the developing world, Princess Haya Al Hussein of Jordan said today at a conference hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO).

In a keynote address at the Noncommunicable Disease Network (NCDnet) Global Forum in Geneva, Princess Haya cited the direct link between unhealthy lifestyles and a host of life-threatening illnesses. The WHO estimates that nearly 2.6 million people die annually in developing countries from noncommunicable illnesses related to inactivity. More than 3.6 million people in the developing world died from tobacco-related illnesses in 2004.

"The global tobacco industry has started to exploit the developing world by using the same marketing and lobbying tactics perfected -- and often outlawed -- in the developed world.  The industry now target
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