Tobacco control: from concern for the lung to global political action

Yach, D.
April 2001
Thorax;Apr2001, Vol. 56 Issue 4, p247
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the strategies of tobacco control. Death toll and lung diseases are on the rise, which is a sufficient reason for Governments to act. As consumption drops, there will be increase in overall economic activities. WHO now chairs a 15-agency United Nations Ad Hoc Inter-Agency Task Force on Tobacco Control which includes FAO, UNICEF, the World Bank, IMF and WTO. The NGO's are also mobilising governments to stop tobacco industry. Globalization of marketing of tobacco products that subverts national laws, global strategic planning and brand development by tobacco companies that reaches rich and poor countries and smuggling are a few core areas of tobacco control that demands global action.


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