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United Nations Ad Hoc Interagency Task Force on Tobacco Control

The United Nations Ad Hoc Interagency Task Force on Tobacco Control was established by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in 1999 to coordinate the tobacco control work being carried out by different United Nations agencies. It was chaired by WHO and comprised 22 Agencies of the United Nations system as well as outside the UN system.

In line with ECOSOC Resolution 1999/56, the Secretary-General reported to the Economic and Social Council at its Substantive Session of 2000 on progress made by the Task Force in the implementation of multisectoral collaboration on tobacco or health, with particular emphasis on the development of appropriate strategies to address the social and economic implications of the impact of tobacco or health initiatives online report. Between 2000 and 2013 a report of the Secretary-General was presented to ECOSOC at its Substantive Session every two years. These reports have focused on specific areas of concern for tobacco control where interagency collaboration can be important. These include, among others, areas of interagency collaboration for the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the link between tobacco and poverty, and exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke.

Since 2013 the ECOSOC decided to expand the scope of work by incorporating the work of the Ad Hoc Inter-Agency Task Force on Tobacco Control within a newly established United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) to be convened and led by WHO and which would coordinate the activities of the United Nations organizations in the implementation of the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013–2020.

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    The brochure "Tobacco threatens us all", published for World No Tobacco Day 2017, describes how tobacco use has devastating health, social, environmental and economic consequences.

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