World: Mexico Reports Over 46,000 Deaths from Smoking Every Year

Plus: South Africa: One of the Best Destinations for Foreign Investments


Mexico reports 46,400 deaths from smoking every year, according to Horacio Rubio, who heads the General Directorate of Medical Services at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

The expert noted that 130 Mexicans die every day as a result of smoking, thus the need to raise people’s awareness about the damage caused by that unhealthy habit.

He called to take measures so that smokers can know that their addiction can rest 12-15 years of life and is considered a serious health problem, above all among adolescents, young adults and children.

Among the smoking-related diseases, Rubio mentioned acute myocardial infarction, cerebrovascular and chronic respiratory problems, as well as lung, colon, liver and cervix cancer.

In order to provide treatment against those diseases, the Mexican government spends more than 3.4 billion dollars a year, he assured.

The expert added that one of the actions to reduce smoking addiction is the withdrawal of tobacco advertisements from the media.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), smoking-related diseases kill one person every six seconds in the world, accounting for nearly six million people every year, although it estimated that the number of deaths will increase to more than eight million by 2030.


South Africa: One of the Best Destinations for Foreign Investments

South Africa is one of the best destinations in the continent for foreign investments, according to statistics from the United Nations.

From 2012 to 2013 alone, direct foreign investments in the country increased from 4.6 billion to 8.1 billion dollars, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNTAD).

The evaluation was quoted by digital media on the occasion of the World Economic Forum on Africa, scheduled from June 3 to 5 in Cape Town.

In a press conference prior to the event, the minister of the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, said that South Africa qualifies as the most diverse economy in the continent.

He noted that progress has been made to improve the conditions to do business in the country.

South Africa is one of the five emerging economies in the BRICS group, along with Brazil, Russia, India and China. (PL)

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