Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Tobacco Control as a Primary Unmet Need

Earlier we wrote about non-communicable diseases (NCD) - respiratory diseases occupy a very important segment in the structure of chronic pathologies. 63% of all deaths are caused by NCDs, for which tobacco use is the greatest risk factor, after high blood pressure. 
The link between tobacco and some respiratory diseases is well known and was demonstrated in multiple scientific studies. Cigarettes kill half of all lifetime users. Half die in middle age – between 35 and 69 years old. No other consumer product is as dangerous, or kills as many people. Tobacco kills more than AIDS, legal drugs, illegal drugs, road accidents, murder, and suicide combined. It is ironic that we do not observe decreasing of smoking all over the world.


Recent control of the use of tobacco has been highlighted as the most urgent and immediate priority to help overcome the non-communicable disease crisis. This simple and efficient intervention was chosen for their health effects, cost-effectiveness, low costs of implementation, and political and financial feasibility.


The World Health Organization (WHO) selects "The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control" as the theme of the World No Tobacco Day, which will take place on Tuesday, 31 May 2011. The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control is the world's foremost tobacco control instrument.



GLOBAL TOBACCO CONTROL CAN AND SHOULD BE THE LEAD ENGINE IN THE RESOLUTION OF NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASE CRISIS!

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for all your work to end smoking. My life was saved by people like you. I appreciate your post for World No Tobacco Day!

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  2. Karen you can tell your story: how you quit smoking for encouraging of many other people and we will publish it!

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