GENEVA: Various consumer groups have said the World Health Organization (WHO) seems to be being used by big pharmaceutical companies, charity foundations and state-controlled tobacco companies to perpetuate cigarette trade by driving less harmful alternatives to the black market, leaving more than a billion smokers exposed to serious health risks from smoking

Samrat Chowdhery of the Association of Vapers India said that while the WHO was predicting that the number of smokers globally would remain at more than a billion over the next five years, the health body was not doing anything to change its ineffective prohibitionist policy.

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