Global smoking rates have fallen since introduction of international tobacco control strategy

Anne Li                                                                                                March 25th, 2017


Smoking rates have fallen globally since the World Health Organisation (WHO) introduced a treaty aimed at reducing tobacco demand, according to a new study. Countries that followed the treaty’s measures most closely saw greatest reductions in smoking from 2005-2015. But just 1 in 5 countries that have signed up to the treaty have introduced adequate tax and price increases on tobacco, according to the results published in The Lancet Public Health. The WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) was adopted in 2003 and came into force in 2005. It included measures and policies aimed at preventing and reducing tobacco use, such as smoking bans, health warnings and education. Alex Engel, international tobacco control manager at Cancer Research UK, said that despite significant progress in some countries, too many haven’t fully adhered to the treaty.


See original article at: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-us/cancer-news/news-report/2017-03-22-global-smoking-rates-have-fallen-since-introduction-of-international-tobacco-control-strategy

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