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Strengthening Tobacco Control Efforts, Raising Tobacco Taxes Could Advance Progress On SDGs, Decrease Global NCD Burden

Huffington Post: A Development Challenge The World Can Overcome
Laurent Huber, executive director at Action on Smoking & Health (ASH USA)

“…Comprehensive tobacco control programs and increases in tobacco taxes will help countries around the world achieve [Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)] 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) and decrease the global [non-communicable diseases (NCD)] burden. In addition, fighting tobacco use would advance progress on many other goals in the SDGs … World leaders have signaled that taking action is essential to attaining sustainable development by 2030. All countries must seize this opportunity and invest in one of the ‘best buys’ to reach development objectives: strengthen tobacco control and raise taxes on tobacco products. It will pay dividends in the health of our citizens and in accelerating development overall. The tobacco related epidemic is a development challenge the world can overcome in the next 15 years” (8/4).