Global Health Observatory (GHO)

Tobacco control

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) is the pre-eminent global tobacco control instrument, containing legally binding obligations for its Parties, setting the foundation for reducing both demand for and supply of tobacco products and providing a comprehensive direction for tobacco control policy at all levels. To assist countries to implement effective strategies for selected demand reduction related articles of the WHO FCTC, WHO introduced a package of measures under the acronym of MPOWER. WHO recently reported the progress Member States are making against the MPOWER measures in the WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2013. The results are available under the heading "Control policies" below. Tobacco use statistics for Member States are available under the heading "Tobacco use" below.

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Tobacco's toll

<6 millionpeople die from tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke (one death every six seconds)

WHO global report on mortality attributable to tobacco

Prevalence of smoking

22%of the world's population aged 15+ are smokers. 78% do not smoke. Non-smoking is becoming the norm.

WHO global status report on NCDs

Tobacco control measures

10%of the world’s population live in countries that completely ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship

WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2013

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