Global Health Council, Inc.
Global Health Council, supported by NCD Child and the American Academy of Pediatrics, welcomes the report of strengthening synergies between the World Health Assembly and the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Annually, tobacco causes more than 7 million deaths worldwide; 890,000 of these deaths are attributed non-smokers exposure to secondhand smoke. Tobacco use and exposure is a pediatric disease. Children are disproportionately exposed to secondhand smoke, and most smokers become addicted during adolescence. Tobacco products are the only legal consumer product that can kill people when used as intended.
We request that WHO support the following actions to reduce tobacco exposure and use among children, adolescents, and young people:
· Support the Global Strategy for Accelerating Tobacco Control, 2019-2025, which aims to strengthen implementation of the Framework Convention by mobilizing international, intergovernmental and developmental partners and establishing strong alignment.
· Expand the focus of the global strategy to include children and adolescents, who are at risk for tobacco exposure both as smokers and as a population vulnerable to secondhand smoke.
· Address specific challenges and harms of novel tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes and juul, on the health and well-being of children, adolescents, and young people. Expand efforts to prevent their use by all, especially young people.
· Strengthen efforts to limit the tobacco industry’s aggressive, misleading marketing tactics, including tobacco advertising and promotion through the media, that undermine with tobacco control efforts.
· Encourage Member States to implement and enforce tobacco control policies, including legislation calling for smoke-free public places.