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Press Information 31.05.11

World No Tobacco Day 2011 - WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

31.05.11

 

World No Tobacco Day 2011 celebrates the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which is the first international health treaty developed under the auspices of the World Health Organization. The global health community acknowledges that the FCTC is a significant milestone in public health in that it provides a comprehensive approach to tackling the global tobacco epidemic, which claims the lives of some six million citizens every year, including some 600,000 non-smokers who die as the result of exposure to second-hand smoke.

 

The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control is doubtless the most powerful tool at the disposal of all tobacco control actors in that Parties to the Treaty are obliged to take action to reduce both tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke. First and foremost, it is a global response to a global challenge empowering governments to take action at the highest possible level to control a major public health epidemic.

 

We, the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention, have two clear targets: firstly, we call on all European countries to give priority to tobacco control to achieve full implementation of the FCTC throughout Europe by 2020 and, secondly, we continue to work towards our goal of achieving a fully smoke-free Europe by 2040. These targets are absolutely achievable by using every means at our disposal: the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the European Directive that is currently under preparation. ENSP continues to support all public health advocates and decision-makers to achieve a smoke-free Europe. ENSP calls upon the public health community to join forces to achieve these goals and invites all European governments and members of parliament to support us in achieving them.

 

Professor Panagiotis Behrakis, FCCP

President of ENSP