Fifteen years ago, this month, the final negotiating meeting for the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) ended in Geneva, ushering in a new era of global, coordinated efforts to tackle a major global health threat. Four million people died that year (2003) from tobacco-related diseases.
Progress led by WHO under the Framework has been substantial. Many countries have increased taxes on tobacco products, banned tobacco advertising and put in place comprehensive monitoring systems. Prevalence has gone down in many countries.
The size of the challenge remains immense, however. There are still a billion smokers in the world and more than 7 million die annually, mainly from combusted cigarettes. We are on target to record a billion deaths this century.
The work of the FCTC remains the bedrock upon which progress depends. However, exceptional additional means and new players are needed to complement what is underway if we are to accelerate an end to smoking over the next 15 years.
#LungCancerAwarenessMonth ends today. An article published in @TheLancet found that #lungcancer rates now surpass #breastcancer rates worldwide, making lung cancer the #1 cause of cancer death in women. #Tobaccocontrol is needed to improve women's health. http://bit.ly/3k1PXb7
Technology disruption creates opportunities to lower tobacco-related death rates. While there is no long term health data on heated tobacco products, the latest evidence shows their toxin emissions are greatly reduced from combustibles. For more: https://bit.ly/36IGsZs
William Kamkwamba (@wkamkwamba), the coauthor of #TheBoyWhoHarnessedTheWind, joins Derek Yach (@swimdaily) on the Global Health Perspectives podcast. Derek & William discuss #tobaccofarming in #Malawi, William’s story & inspiring young people to innovate: https://bit.ly/2J6k9F6
"No one has ever approached [the doctors] with such a request: to participate in a study intended, shockingly, to explore issues re women and tobacco in southern India. And that, I explain to them, is exactly why I am doing it."
-- Dr. Sree T. Sucharitha
A new study published by Preventive Medicine features the first tobacco simulation model to consider smoking disparities related to depression. It’s estimated that by 2060, 484,000 smoking-related deaths will occur among adults with depression. https://bit.ly/32LHkLJ
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