15 April 2015 -- One in every 10 cigarettes, and many other tobacco products, consumed worldwide are illegal, making the illicit trade of tobacco products a major global concern from many perspectives, including health, legal, economic, governance and corruption. The tobacco industry and criminal groups are among those who profit from the illegal tobacco trade, leaving the public to pay the health and security costs. Ratification by governments of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products is necessary to respond to the financial, legal and health impacts of the illicit trade of tobacco products. The public, academia and other sectors can take action by urging their lawmakers to make their countries Parties to the Protocol.
21 March 2015 -- All tobacco products are harmful, that they are a leading cause of disease and death worldwide, that they pose an especially heavy burden on low- and middle-income countries and should be de-normalised worldwide. The closing ceremony on 21 March included a call for unity, commitment and action in the 16th WCTOH Declarations.
15 March 2015 -- New data show a declining rate of tobacco use and an increase in numbers of non-smokers. But governments must intensify action to combat the tobacco industry and dramatically reduce consumption of tobacco products to, in turn, protect public health, according to WHO.Non-smoking is becoming the new norm worldwide, according to a new online WHO Global Report on Trends in Tobacco Smoking, launched today during the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) which opened yesterday in Abu Dhabi and ends on 21 March. The conference is focusing on tobacco control and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), namely lung and heart diseases, cancers and diabetes.
Geneva, 26 February 2015 - Tomorrow marks 10 years since the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control came into being. Since then it has been endorsed by 180 Parties, covering 90% of the world’s population and “stands out as the single most powerful preventive instrument available to public health,” according to Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. “We know it works. It averts addiction to a deadly product.”
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180Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (New Party: Zimbabwe)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