Prevention and Control of Tobacco Use

         The Regional Committee,

         Recalling and reaffirming resolution WPR/RC50.R6;

         Having reviewed the report of the Regional Director on the prevention and control of tobacco use; *

         Noting with concern the continued efforts of the tobacco industry against prevention and control efforts, the increase in tobacco consumption in the Region, especially among adolescents, and the rising burden of disease and death caused by tobacco use;

         Noting further that the hazardous effects of tobacco are not limited to smokers, but also have an impact on people who chew tobacco and who are exposed to second-hand smoke;

         Acknowledging that tobacco control involves health, economic, sociocultural and political issues;

         Acknowledging further that tobacco consumption is maintained by nicotine addiction;

         Recognizing the negative impact of tobacco-industry-sponsored promotion of major entertainment, sports and cultural events;

         Recognizing further that the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) will have a crucial role to play in stemming tobacco use, and that the success of FCTC depends on broad and committed participation by Member States and organizations;

  1. URGES Member States:
    (1) to secure the support and commitment of all government ministries in the development of national intersectoral tobacco control strategies consistent with the Regional Action Plan for Tobacco or Health 2000-2004;
    (2) to participate fully and actively in the FCTC process, including the third and subsequent sessions of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body;
    (3) to support the FCTC process through the eventual adoption of appropriate legislation;
    (4) to develop partnerships with other Member States to strengthen and harmonize tobacco control strategies that have transnational dimensions;
    (5) to support resolution WHA54.18, calling for transparency in the tobacco control process, to ensure the integrity of tobacco-control-related public health policy development;
    (6) to develop national capacity in tobacco cessation interventions;
  2. REQUESTS the Regional Director:
    (1) to intensify advocacy for the development and adoption of the FCTC;
    (2) to sustain support for Member States in their tobacco-control efforts, consistent with the regional Tobacco Free Initiative, including supporting their participation in the FCTC process; and
    (3) to inform Member States of the activities of the tobacco industry that may have a negative effect on tobacco control efforts.

* WPR/RC52/9

14 September 2001

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