Tobacco use kills nearly six million people every year, including the 600 000 who are exposed to second-hand smoke. The tobacco epidemic poses a formidable challenge to public health and development. However, with the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), the odds of mitigating the epidemic are no longer insurmountable, provided that all countries ratify the Convention, legislate and fully implement the treaty’s provisions and assiduously pursue effective enforcement.
In order to help Parties fulfil their obligations under the WHO FCTC, WHO introduced MPOWER, a set of policies that build on the demand‐reduction measures of the WHO FCTC and have been proven to be effective measures to reduce tobacco use. “Best buys” to address noncommunicable diseases include MPOWER policies as key measures to reduce tobacco use as the leading cause of noncommunicable disease‐related death.
To assist policy-makers to make informed decisions, the most commonly asked questions about key tobacco control policies and other associated tobacco control issues are summarized in the following sheets.