The World Health Organization (WHO) is back on the tobacco trail again. They now say that 5,000,000 people will die from smoking Worldwide and from the second hand effects of smoking. The current population of the World is 6,446,131,900 + and counting. Total deaths Worldwide was 56,597,034 as of July 2005. Total number of smokers Worldwide is estimate at 1.3 billion. Now let's do a little math. Of the total population Worldwide, approximately 11.55% die from all causes. Dividing 56,597,034 folks who died by the number of current deaths from smoking (5,000,000) equals 11.5% (rounded). Up to this point, smokers and non-smokers are dying at about the same rate. Now the complexion of this dying stuff gets confusing to me. WHO states that there are 1.3 billion smokers Worldwide, which is approximately 19% of the Worldwide population, yet their percentage of the smokers death rate is 18 to 19% according to WHO. It is commonly known that 23 to 25 percent of the US of A population smoke cig's. Also, it is common knowledge that China, Japan, Korea and other countries are the largest buyers of US of A tobacco. So, I would have doubts about the (low) number of smokers presented by WHO, which would cause the foregoing figures to not reflect the true situation as it relates to the use of tobacco products. It would not surprise me at all, if the true number (2.4 billion worldwide) of smokers were used in the foregoing stats, a death rate in the order of 11 to 12% would reflect the true situation. I have not totally presented this data to say that cig. smoking is good for you, which it might not be for you. But of late, such as the climate scientist fudging their temperatures to make a case for Global Warming, so do I believe the WHO group is sort of doing the same thing. I can live with the truth, but I'm sick and tired of World Organization fudging the facts to continue to receive funding from the UN and the USA. Also, don't forget that 100% of the population that eats eggs, bacon, ham, chicken, fish, beef, veggies, milk are going to die. I will close with this. I do not recommend that any one start smoking tobacco products. I started when I was teenagers because my peers smoked, I have tried to quit more times than I have fingers and toes. Question is, what do y'all think about the way our government and their agencies, State side and Worldwide use figures to match their agenda's.