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UN funding to regulate tobacco


UN funding to regulate tobacco

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UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations says new funding is now available to support tobacco control implementation for low and middle income countries, such as those in the Caribbean, through the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobago Control (WHO FCTC) – currently the strongest global instrument to control tobacco.    

The UN says if current patterns continue, tobacco will kill about one billion people during the 21st century and by 2030, 80 per cent of those who die due to tobacco use will be those who live in low- and middle-income countries.

The new project will be delivered by the WHO FCTC through a collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other partners, the UN said. One hundred and seventy nine countries and the European Union are Parties to the Convention.

The partnership will provide support to low- and middle-income countries as they move to implement new control strategies and policies.

The Convention is expected to greatly reduce tobacco use if implemented properly.

“In developing countries [such as the Caribbean], the deleterious effects of tobacco are primarily treated as a health matter, which, though important, overlooks serious secondary impacts on social, economic, and environmental progress,” the UN said.

“Tobacco control is a development issue, and successful regulation relies on the contributions from sectors such as commerce, trade, finance, justice, and education,” it added.

“This is why the international community has agreed to incorporate the implementation of the WHO FCTC throughout the entire  2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) not only Goal 3 which addresses health and wellbeing.” (CMC)