The World Health Organization announced yesterday that cigarettes could kill 1 billion people in the 21st century unless governments take action. The tobacco use is increasing most quickly in developing countries, notably among women in Russia and India. Perhaps, as researchers in University of Granada's Department of Anthropology discovered, these women are enticed to smoke because they want " to face up to stress and anxiety, control appetite and body weight, and facilitate interaction in social relations." More modern problems in Russia and India, more modern solutions! Finally, the WHO listed six ways governments can help curb tobacco use, and, according to the Economist, "The final prescription offered by the WHO is also the most powerful one: higher taxes."

[Time, Science Daily, Hindustan Times, EurekAlert, The Economist]