Tobacco use contributes to poverty and is a major risk factor for the four main groups of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) - cancers, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. That's why tobacco control must be integrated into international development
Tobacco control is included in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and tobacco taxation is recognised as a major tool for financing development - as well as the most effective way to reduce tobacco use.
The UN reviewed global progress on tackling non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on 11 July 2014. FCA argued that accelerating global tobacco control is key to winning the fight against the killer diseases.
In July 2014, UN Member States will review progress on putting in place the pledges made in the Political Declaration of the 2011 NCD Summit. Implementing the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control must remain a priority!