Tobacco Free Initiative

Image shows a cigarette burning through a once healthy heartSmoking is one of the biggest risk factors for developing cardiovascular diseases The work of the Tobacco Free Initiative in the Eastern Mediterranean Region aims to reduce the burden of death and disease caused by tobacco use, and protect present and future generations from tobacco's devastating health effects.

The Initiative assists countries to implement WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and develop national legislation that is in line with the Convention, provides technical support to undertake research on various aspects of tobacco control, strengthens capacities of the national workforce in tobacco control, and conducts communication and media advocacy to enhance public awareness, including celebrating World No Tobacco Day on 31 May each year


Tobacco and dementia

WHO releases its first in a series of summaries linking tobacco to various conditions. This series, known as the WHO Tobacco Knowledge Summaries is the result of a systematic review...

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Pakistan gears up to implement GATS

The WHO country office in Islamabad in collaboration with national partners completed a five-day pilot-test training for the implementation of the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) on 18 April...

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Global launch of the WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2013

On 10 July 2013, the was launched at global level. This report is the fourth in the series of WHO reports on: the latest global and country data on...

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In focus

World No Tobacco Day 2014

31 May 2014 – World No Tobacco Day takes place every year on 31 May. WHO has selected "raise taxes on tobacco" as the theme of this year's Day. The...

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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