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WHO calls for global fight against tobacco
WHO calls for global fight against tobacco

Tobacco use is falling, but not fast enough, with active or passive smoking killing over 7 million people every year

World Bulletin / News Desk

The World Health Organization (WHO) called for global action against the tobacco industry Thursday as it marked World No Tobacco Day.

The UN agency said this included implementing measures like taxation, marketing bans and plain packaging.

According to a new WHO report, tobacco use has declined since 2000, but "the reduction is insufficient to meet globally agreed targets aimed at protecting people from death and suffering from cardiovascular and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs)".

Over half of all WHO member states have reduced demand for tobacco and almost one in eight countries are likely to meet the target of a 30 percent reduction in tobacco use by 2025, the report said, but much more needs to be done.

 “We know what policies and actions can increase tobacco quit rates, prevent people from starting using tobacco and reduce demand," said Dr. Svetlana Axelrod, the WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health.

"We must overcome obstacles to implementing measures like taxation, marketing bans and implementing plain packaging. Our best chance of success is through global unity and strong multisectoral action against the tobacco industry,” Axelrod said.



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