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Accelerating Progress Toward Tobacco-Free World Requires ‘Commitment Of All Stakeholders’

The Lancet: Progress towards a tobacco-free world
Editorial Board

“Last week, global anti-smoking efforts made substantial progress. Australia won a landmark victory in a major trade dispute over its plain packaging for cigarettes … Additionally, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) announced that the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products would enter into force … Unprecedented legal actions against tobacco were also reported in China and Japan. … [B]ut such progress does not warrant complacency given the continuing global tobacco epidemic and huge gap in the full implementation of the WHO FCTC in many countries. … Achieving [the goal of a tobacco-free world] will require a turbo-charged approach that complements FCTC actions with strengthened U.N. leadership, full engagement of all sectors, and increased investment in tobacco control. … [A]mbitious targets are achievable if political will remains strong at the global, regional, and national levels. Progress towards a tobacco-free world can be accelerated much more with the full commitment of all stakeholders, from governments to health care services, and especially health professionals” (7/7).