Convention Secretariat joins WHO in the campaign to celebrate World No Tobacco Day 2019

This year, the focus of World No Tobacco Day 2019 is on "tobacco and lung health." Lungs play a fundamental role for the health and well-being of all people. It is proven that all forms of tobacco have a negative effect on people’s lung health, from cancer to chronic respiratory disease.

The cross-cutting theme of tobacco and lung health has implications for different global processes, such as international efforts to control noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), tuberculosis and air pollution. The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) is the first global public health treaty that responds to the global tobacco epidemic. Its evidence-based supply and demand reduction measures could be utilized in the control and prevention of other NCD related risk factors, and in integrated tuberculosis programs. Also through the lens of tobacco control, programs can be developed to address air pollution.

The most effective measure to improve lung health is to reduce tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure. Countries should respond to the tobacco epidemic through full implementation of the WHO FCTC which involves developing, implementing, and enforcing effective tobacco control policies aimed at reducing the demand for tobacco.

Implementation of the WHO FCTC is recognized as an accelerator for development and is included as Target 3.a of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal target of a one-third reduction in NCD premature mortality by 2030, tobacco control must be a priority for governments and communities worldwide.