Gender, women, and the tobacco epidemic

Key findings, arguments and recommendations: (1) If the rising tobacco epidemic among women and girls is not addressed, countries will face rising healthcare costs which would divert resources away from development. It will also prevent the achievement of the MDGs [or the SDGs]; (2) Gender mainstreaming and gender budgeting are critical strategies in implementing gender sensitive tobacco control policy
Key facts and stats: (1) Almost 75% of women’s projected tobacco-related deaths will occur in LMICs; (2) The majority of the victims of second-hand smoke are women and children;
Notes: Issues highlighted for advocacy: (1) Addressing second-hand smoke is a high priority, with the first step being educating people about the associated health problems; (2) Men play an important role and need to be brought onboard to support gender-sensitive tobacco control; (3) Support couples in addressing tobacco use during pregnancy, not just focusing on (or victimizing) women; (4) Gender-sensitive approaches to tobacco control need to be part of an overall poverty-reduction strategy for development
Main focus: Gender
Other topics addressed: FCTC; second-hand smoke; TAPS; taxation
Source: WHO
Year: 2010

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