Health Minister Ya'acov Ben-Yizri, a confirmed smoker for 60 years, will on Wednesday release his ministry's annual smoking report, as required by law.
The previous report noted that 10,000 Israelis die of smoking-related causes each year -- many more than those killed in road accidents, war and terror attacks -- and that about 2,000 of them are non-smokers exposed to the tobacco smoke of others.
Some 13,000 people around the world die from smoking each day and five million die in a single year.
If the trend is not reversed, by 2020, the world death toll is likely to reach 8.4 million a year
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