Tobacco use kills nearly six million people every year, including the 600 000 who are killed by the effects of exposure to second-hand smoke. To combat this deadly epidemic, evidence-based tobacco control measures, outlined in the landmark WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, need to be implemented in every country.
With these fact sheets, the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean seeks to raise awareness regionally of important aspects of the tobacco epidemic and the main elements of tobacco control.
Each of the 20 fact sheets included in this package covers a key topic in tobacco control. They address the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the areas covered in its key provisions, as well as other important topics in tobacco control. They are easy to use and include information that is up-to-date and relevant to the countries of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region. Best practices and advice on the way forward are highlighted.