The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

FCTC: Action Now! Campaign

World Health Assembly targets killer diseases

The international community has made another important step toward preventing and controlling non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases. In May, the 65th World Health Assembly (WHA) adopted a global target on NCDs, which calls for a 25 percent reduction in premature mortality from the diseases by 2025.

Tobacco use is the one risk factor common to the main groups of NCDs. According to the prestigious medical journal The Lancet, tobacco control is one of the key measures that will help countries turn the tide on NCDs. Leading researchers agree that tobacco control interventions and the implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) should be at the heart of the global and country-level response to the NCDs epidemic.

The 2011 United Nations NCD Summit called for countries to accelerate implementation of the FCTC in order to fight NCDs. FCA continues to support its members' efforts to promote the FCTC at the national level and within broader country-level strategies, such as comprehensive NCD plans. Read more about FCA's campaign.

All countries will be required to report on the progress they have made against NCDs at the 2014 UN General Assembly. FCA has undertaken to lobby that those reports must include countries' commitments on FCTC implementation.

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