Tobacco Free Initiative


Countries commit to achieving 30% reduction in tobacco use by 2025

Image shows people going down a staircase, symbolic of bringing down tobacco use 30% by 2025.  In 2014, the World Health Assembly adopted the global target of a 30% relative reduction in the prevalence of tobacco use by 2025, as part of the monitoring framework for noncommunicable diseases. Countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region are taking steps to this effect, and are working with WHO to ensure adoption of the target at national level and to develop a road map to reach it.

A recent WHO publication on tobacco use trends in the world presents an alarming picture, especially for this Region. In 2012, compared with other regions, the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region had the second highest average smoking prevalence among men (almost 40%). Moreover, this is projected to increase by 4% by 2025, compared to a projected decrease in tobacco use in all other regions, except Africa.

This Region is facing an emergency in tobacco control that requires all governments to gear up their efforts to control tobacco use. Immediate action is needed through applying the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the six MPOWER actions for tobacco control and the proven NCD interventions known as “best buys”.

Related links

Global monitoring framework

WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

MPOWER actions for tobacco control

NCD “best buys” interventions

News

World No Tobacco Day 2015

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28 May 2015 – Pakistan released its Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) factsheet and executive summary in a press conference hosted by the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and...

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WHO recognizes H.H. Sheikh Al Qasimi for leadership in tobacco control

18 March 2015 - On the opening day of the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, WHO recognized H.H. Sheikh Sultan Bin Muhammad...

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In focus

16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health

The 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health opened at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, United Arab Emirates on 17 March 2015. The keynote speaker at the inaugural session...

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Events

Qatar releases key findings from the first Global Adult Tobacco Survey

27 November 2013 – Qatar released its fact sheet from the first Global Adult Tobacco Survey in a press conference organized by the Supreme Council of Health. The Global Adult...

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Regional workshop on tobacco control and trade

From 19 to 21 March 2013, the first regional workshop that tackles the issue of trade in relation to tobacco control is being held jointly with WHO headquarters. This workshop...

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  • Tobacco-free public spaces

Tobacco-free public places means that ALL indoor workplaces and indoor public places should be 100% smoke-free.

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Statistics and figures

By 2030 70% of tobacco-related deaths will be in developing countries

Tobacco use in the Eastern Mediterranean Region