Tobacco kills nearly six million people each year; many are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke. Without action the epidemic will kill more than eight million people every year by 2030. More than 80% of these preventable deaths will be among people living in low- and middle-income countries.
The WHO has adopted as the world-wide theme of this year’s campaign “Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship”. Its specific goals are to:
- spur countries to comprehensively ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship; and
- counteract tobacco industry efforts to undermine tobacco control, specifically industry efforts to stall or stop comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.
The WHO has evidence that comprehensive advertising bans lead to reductions in the numbers of people starting and continuing smoking. Banning tobacco advertising and sponsorship is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce demand for tobacco.
“ it’s important also to understand that tobacco products are the only legally available products that can kill up to one half of their regular users if consumed as recommended by the manufacturer”.
If you would like to know more about regulating the tobacco industry the WHO Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation (TobReg), has produced a series of technical reports on Tobacco Product Regulation. The third and most recent report presents the conclusions reached and recommendations made with the following two themes:
- Devices designed for the purpose of nicotine delivery to the respiratory system in which tobacco is not necessary for their operation.
- Setting regulatory limits for carcinogens in smokeless tobacco.
The Study Group’s overall recommendations are summarized in section 4. It makes interesting reading given the increasing use of these products amongst our patients. Follow this link to access this full report.
DANA encourages everyone everywhere to “Quit Now” - World Smokefree Day / World No Tobacco Day on Friday 31st May 2013.
For assistance with quitting follow these links: