Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

Implementing tobacco control

Implementing tobacco control
Verônica Carvalho

Present and future generations must be urgently protected from the devastating health, social, environmental and economic consequences of tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke.

Governments use the tobacco control measures in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke. By implementing these measures, governments reduce the heavy burden of disease and death that is attributable to tobacco use or exposure.

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Tobacco control measures

16%of the world's population are protected by comprehensive national smoke-free laws

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Warning the public

30countries meet the best practice for pictorial warnings

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Second-hand smoke

> 600 000people die each year from exposure to second-hand smoke

See the global estimate of the burden of disease from second-hand smoke

Tobacco control measures

Governments reduce the harms caused by tobacco by adopting and implementing the tobacco control provisions of the WHO FCTC.

Legislation and enforcement

The WHO FCTC's tobacco control measures are usually expressed as laws, regulations, administrative decisions and such actions as enforcement measures.

Health systems and professionals

Leading role for implementing measures to prevent and treat tobacco dependence.


A package of technical measures and resources, each of which corresponds to at least one demand-reduction provision of the WHO FCTC.

Capacity building and initiatives

Implementation of the WHO FCTC requires strengthening of national capacity for tobacco control.

Tobacco control for specific populations

To ensure maximum impact, it is often necessary to consider the needs of women and youths.

Latest publications

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  • Tobacco threatens us all
    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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