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Americas set 2012 as smoke-free target

Nearly 17% of the adult population smokes in the Americas. Tobacco control is a powerful instrument for improving health and promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 3.4, which aims to reduce premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) by one-third by 2030. 

Tobacco use is a major risk factor for NCDs, including chronic cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, various types of cancer, and diabetes. In the Region, NCDs are responsible for 80% of all deaths, 35% of which are premature.

Ministers of health and high-level health authorities convened at PAHO agree on a strategy and plan of action to strengthen tobacco control and completely free the Region from exposure to tobacco smoke in the next five years.

pdf PAN AMERICAN Strategy Plan


 

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