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 31 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.
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