13 November 2013 -- The global burden and threat of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) constitutes a major public health challenge that undermines social and economic development throughout the world, and inter alia has the effect of increasing inequalities between countries and within populations. As requested by the World Health Assembly in resolution WHA64.11, the Secretariat has developed a draft global action plan for the prevention and control of NCDs for the period 2013–2020, building on what has already been achieved through the implementation of the 2008–2013 action plan.
7 October 2013 -- Each year, tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke claim well more than 700 000 lives in European Union (EU). A strong EU Tobacco Products Directive would not only help save lives and protect young people from addiction, but will also signal to the world that the EU can continue to be seen as a strong ally in the fight against the tobacco epidemic.
11 September 2013 -- Disease eradication is one clear opportunity for a definitive end to a health threat. A tobacco endgame is another. Both have tremendous appeal. They promise to improve the world in a permanent way, offering every future generation the perpetual gift of freedom from major diseases.
10 July 2013 -- WHO launches the WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2013, the fourth in a series of periodic reports about the extent and character of the tobacco epidemic and measures to stop it.The report presents the latest global and country data on the prevalence of tobacco use and on the impact of demand-reduction measures known by their acronym MPOWER. The report will have a particular focus on enforcing bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.
The world's solution
177Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (New Party: Tajikistan)See the list of Parties
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)
63%of all deaths are caused by NCDs, for which tobacco use is one of the greatest risk factorsWHO global status report on NCDs
> 600 000people die each year from exposure to second-hand smokeRead the tobacco fact sheet