Powering Up to Fight Tobacco

1 February, 2020

Dear HIFA colleagues,

Please find below excerpts from an article on Tobacco that I came across which includes data from the WHO's 6th Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic:

Full article can be found at https://www.globalhealthnow.org/2017-08/best-way-save-billion-lives

"Tobacco kills more than 7 million people every year. Most live in low- and middle-income countries, where smoking rates are declining far more slowly than in wealthier countries—and where rates are increasing in some countries. As tobacco companies have lost customers in Europe and the US, they are ramping up their marketing in developing countries to attract new users—and fighting every effort to protect people from their deadly products."

"The new WHO report also provides important insights on where to focus efforts. Although raising taxes is the single most effective way to reduce smoking, it’s the least-used MPOWER measure. Only 10% of the world is covered by recommended levels of tobacco taxes. These taxes not only drive down smoking rates, but they also raise revenue that governments can use to invest in public health measures."

Regards,

Poorvaprabha Patil

HIFA Profile: Poorvaprabha Patil is an undergraduate medical student at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India. She is the Vice President of the Medical Students Association of India. Poorva has a huge passion for medicine and public health. She is a polyglot with a deep curiosity for various cultures around the world and their subsequent effects on healthcare practices.

Professional interests: Public Health, youth engagement, advocacy and policy-making.

Email: poorvapatil01 AT gmail.com

She is currently a HIFA co-moderator and is also a HIFA Country Representative. http://www.hifa.org/support/members/poorvaprabha