Tobacco, alcohol and obesity hamper health progress in Europe

Tobacco, alcohol, overweight, obesity and low vaccination coverage are hampering progress in some European countries and may reverse the gains made in increasing life expectancy, warns the WHO.

The alert is launched in the European Health Report of the World Health Organization (WHO) today, which highlights the continued increase in life expectancy in the European region, the reduction of premature mortality and the fact that some European countries registered the highest levels of "satisfaction with life."

However, "significant discrepancies between countries in several key indicators and the inability to curb or substantially reverse the negative effects of smoking, alcohol consumption, overweight and obesity, and low vaccination rates are causes for real concern," he underlines.

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