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Cambiando la estrategia para control del tabaco en América Latina


Eduardo BiancoPor Eduardo Bianco
Director en Latinoamérica de la FCA

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El control del tabaco aporta al control de la epidemia mundial de las enfermedades no transmisibles (ENT) una estrategia probada*. El Convenio Marco para el Control del Tabaco (CMCT) - el primer tratado internacional de salud pública- es una herramienta monumental, pero su aplicación sigue siendo desigual y lenta, con el mayor retraso en los países menos desarrollados.

Changing our tobacco control strategy in Latin America


Eduardo BiancoBy Eduardo Bianco
FCA Regional Director, Americas Region

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Tobacco control offers a proven strategy to fight the global epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs)*. The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), an international treaty, is a monumental public health tool, but its implementation remains uneven, and for the most part delayed, in the global South.

The WHO FCTC at 10: more advocacy is needed

By E Ulysses Dorotheo, FCTC Program Director, Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance and Chair, FCA Board of Directors

It's true that the FCTC has accelerated progress in tobacco control in many countries, but in low- and middle-income countries, the tobacco industry continues to flourish and make obscene profits at the expense of public health, even as tobacco company executives and lawyers continue to spread misinformation about tobacco production, tobacco use, and tobacco control.

The WHO FCTC at 10: more political will needed

Matthew L MyersMatthew L. Myers, President
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

A decade after the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) came into force there is no doubt that the treaty has served as a catalyst for life-saving progress around the world. In 2006, the WHO projected that unless nations act decisively, tobacco will kill one billion people worldwide this century. Today, thanks in large part to the FCTC, actions taken since then have already begun to bend that arc. For the first time in decades, the total number of cigarettes sold worldwide actually declined in 2013.

The WHO FCTC at 10: progress has been mixed

Derek YachBy Derek Yach
Executive Director, Vitality Institute; former Executive Director, WHO NCDs*

The FCTC is an ambitious approach to tackling the world’s most preventable health problem. It was built on solid evidence of what worked best and supported strongly by the IMF, the World Bank, UNICEF, leading pharmaceutical companies and international health NGOs.

Progress has been mixed and the early passion and cohesion of the coalition has dissipated.