Health topics

Tobacco

Tobacco
 

Tobacco is one the four major risk factors for non-communicable diseases. Tobacco products are smoked, inhaled, chewed and sucked in many different forms; all forms of tobacco products seriously damage health. Despite the hazards of tobacco, there is an increasing trend of initiating tobacco among the youth and women globally.

Public education and awareness campaigns on hazards of tobacco use should be accelerated. Many countries have become Parties to the WHO Framework Convention and have adopted tobacco control legislations. Effective enforcement of the legislation is crucial to reduce tobacco consumption, prevent people from exposure to tobacco smoke, prevent the youth from experimenting tobacco and to reduce the economic and social cost of tobacco.