Tobacco control content hub

UICC resources and information on tobacco control

UICC and its members help with the implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) by encouraging governments and policymakers to adopt and effectively implement the WHO FCTC requirements and guidelines, and by raising awareness of the risks related to the use of tobacco. 

In the lead-up to World No Tobacco Day on 31st May and beyond, UICC is running a campaign to reduce the burden of cancer through tobacco cessation and prevention. The outreach complements the WHO campaign “Commit to quit". 

A ban on smoking in public areas, particularly closed environments, protects individuals by reducing their exposure to second-hand smoke, which contributes to 1.2 million deaths per year, including 65,000 among children. Taxation is a win-win measure for the economy as well as public health, since revenue can help fund health systems and prevention programmes; studies show that a 10% increase in taxes leads to a 4-5% decrease in the demand for cigarettes. However, these and other effective measures are often undermined or made difficult to implement due to the massive financial and political weight of the tobacco industry, which spends an estimated USD 23 Million per day on marketing and actively spreads misinformation

In the coming months, UICC aims to raise awareness on these issues through website blogs and news, articles in science journals and social media campaign videos. 

This page consolidates all relevant resources and content.


World No Tobacco Day ready-made social media messages

Ready-made Social Media Messages

Globally 1.8 million deaths are caused by #lungcancer annually. #Tobacco smoking is the most common cause of lung #cancer, contributing to roughly 1.2 million deaths per year. Quitting smoking can significantly reduce the risk of lung cancer. #WNTD @uicc

Tobacco taxation is one of the most effective & cost-effective measures for controlling tobacco use and preventing #NCDs, including #cancer. #WNTD @uicc

#Tobacco goes far beyond an issue of #health – it places a tremendous burden on countries least equipped to respond to tobacco-related illness and death. #WNTD @uicc

#Tobacco products kill more than 8 million people every year and are accountable for 25% of all #cancer deaths globally. With such a high death rate, #tobacco industries must continuously find new consumers to replace the ones that their products are killing to maintain revenue. #WNTD @uicc

#Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of #cancer and stopping smoking is one of the best things we can do to reduce our risk of cancer. #WNTD @uicc

Through aggressive marketing of e-cigarettes, 7 in 10 teens are estimated to be exposed to #ecigarette adverts. Teen e-cigarette users are also more likely to start #smoking #tobacco. Governments must take a strong regulatory approach to e-cigarettes, particularly to protect youth. #WNTD @uicc

#Tobacco use burdens the global economy with an estimated US$ 1.4 trillion in #healthcare costs and lost productivity each year. #WNTD @uicc

Quitting #tobacco at any age can make huge a difference, increasing your life expectancy and improving quality of life. #WNTD @uicc

Ending online #tobacco and e-cigarette advertising now will prevent future generations from seeing these products as “normal” and getting hooked. #WNTD @uicc

News and blogs on tobacco control

Broken cigarette resting on ashtray to symbolise smoking as a risk factor for many diseases including cancer and the benefits of quitting
29 April 2021

Efficient tobacco control reduces cancer mortality

Effective cancer control includes addressing the risk factors such as tobacco use. UICC fully supports and works with its members to implement the requirements and guidelines of the WHO international treaty on tobacco control.

Slovenia is implementing effective measures to reduce tobacco dependence and use, particularly among youth.
9 April 2021

Protecting Slovenian youth from tobacco

Quitting smoking is a huge step towards preventing a number of cancers. Mihaela Lovše of the Slovenian Coalition for Public Health, Environment and Tobacco Control offers insight into tobacco cessation programmes and strategies in Slovenia.

Changing the tobacco industry's profit story offers a much-needed focus for future tobacco control policy
9 February 2021

Addressing industry profits as part of tobacco control

Dr Rob Branston from the University of Bath in the UK explains how tobacco industry profitability has contributed to the on-going tobacco epidemic and what can be done about it.

The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World is funded by the tobacco industry and employs their marketing tactics to deceive the general public, health experts and policymakers
20 October 2020

UICC issues warning about the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

As the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World increases its outreach to UICC members, it is important to emphasise that this organisation is funded by the tobacco industry and employs similar marketing tactics.

Implementing the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control will not only help countries combat tobacco use, it also will help them advance sustainable development
15 October 2020

Fighting the tobacco epidemic

Dr Adriana Blanco Marquizo took office as the Head of the Convention Secretariat in March 2020 for a four-year term. Here she explains how she envisions the next WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control strategy to fight the tobacco epidemic globally.

Two men working with laptops
30 July 2020

The Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge: a tool for change

Clare Payne shares insights into how the Tobacco-Free Finance pledge is advancing global tobacco control despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Tobacco control external press and media content

Budgetary impact from multiple perspectives of sustained antitobacco national media campaigns to reduce the harms of cigarette smoking – British Medical Journal – May 2021

Risk of smoking relapse with the use of electronic cigarettes: A systematic review with meta-analysis of longitudinal studies – Tobacco Prevention and Cessation – April 2021

Big tobacco, big conflict of interest – University of Bath – 29 April 2021

Paying lip service to publication ethics: scientific publishing practices and the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World – British Medical Journal – 28 April 2021

Electronic cigarettes and science in EU policy making – Euractiv – 27 April 2021

E-cigarettes with a cigarette-like level of nicotine are effective in reducing smoking and exposure to carcinogen, study finds – VCU 12 – April 2021

Passive vaping: An impending threat to bystanders – MedicalExpress – 8 April 2021

How the tobacco industry works to disrupt public health policies in low- and middle-income countries – University of Bath – 29 March 2021

Impact of tobacco control policies implementation on future lung cancer incidence in Europe: an international, population-based modeling study – 22 March 2021

Children Exposed To Tobacco Smoke Use More Emergent Health Services – Science Magazine – 24 March 2021

The secret money trail behind vaping – Financial Review – 20 February 2021

Global impact of tobacco control policies on smokeless tobacco use: a systematic review protocol – British Medical Journal – December 2020


Last update: 
Thursday 6 May 2021