How to reduce the exposure of populations and individuals to the risk factors for NCDs
- Prevent a major proportion of the NCD burden by reducing the exposure of populations to tobacco use, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol, using proven measures affordable in all countries.
- Different settings may be considered for action, particularly schools, workplaces, households and communities.
- Health financing must be sustained by innovative approaches like earmarking revenue from alcohol and tobacco taxes.
Policy implementation steps
- Protect people from tobacco smoke, warn and enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship
- Raise taxes on tobacco and alcohol
- Restrict access to retailed alcohol and enforcing bans on advertising
- Reduce salt intake and salt content of food
- Replace trans-fat in food with polyunsaturated fat
- Promote public awareness about diet and physical activity
- Global status report on noncommunicable diseases
- Global status report on alcohol and health
- MPOWER measures to reduce tobacco use
- Set of recommendations on the marketing of foods and non-alcoholic beverages to children
- Global recommendations on physical activity for health
- WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic
- Adopted guidelines by the Conference of the Parties on 8 Articles of the WHO FCTC
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