WHO: Number of males using tobacco globally on the decline, showing that government-led control efforts work to save lives, protect health, beat tobacco

19 December, 2019

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Number of males using tobacco globally on the decline, showing that government-led control efforts work to save lives, protect health, beat tobacco

19 December 2019 News release Geneva, Switzerland

For the first time, the World Health Organization projects that the number of males using tobacco is on the decline, indicating a powerful shift in the global tobacco epidemic. The findings, published today in a new WHO report, demonstrate how government-led action can protect communities from tobacco, save lives and prevent people suffering tobacco-related harm...

The WHO “MPOWER” measures are in line with the WHO FCTC and have been shown to save lives and reduce costs from averted healthcare expenditure, including:

- Monitoring tobacco use and prevention policies.

- Protecting people from tobacco smoke.

- Offering help to quit tobacco use.

- Warning people about the dangers of tobacco.

- Enforcing bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

- Raising taxes on tobacco.

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