The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by countries at the United Nations in September 2015. Its far-reaching agenda focuses on eradicating poverty in all its forms and leaving no one behind. This new agenda
comprises 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) complete with 169 targets. Tobacco control is well reflected in these goals and targets. In particular, enshrined in SDG 3 – to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for
all at all ages” – are specific targets on reducing premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) by one third by 2030 (target 3.4), and strengthening implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in all countries, as appropriate (target 3.a). Tobacco use has devastating health, social, environmental and economic consequences. It represents a major barrier to sustainable development that impacts health, poverty,
global hunger, education, economic growth, gender equality, the environment, finance and governance.
Each year, more than 7 million people die from tobacco use, with over 80% of deaths occurring in low- or middle-income countries (LMICs) like Bangladesh. Tobacco use impacts the health and income of the poor in many countries. Therefore, it is essential that tobacco control measures reach those who are most affected.
On World No Tobacco Day 2017, WHO highlighted how tobacco threatens the development of nations worldwide, and is calling on governments to implement strong tobacco control measures. These include banning marketing and advertising of tobacco, promoting plain packaging of tobacco products, raising excise taxes, and making indoor public places and workplaces smoke-free.
Some of the critical facts related to tobacco harming development are:
-Tobacco smoke emissions contribute thousands of tons of human carcinogens, toxicants, and greenhouse gases to the environment. And tobacco waste is the largest type of litter by count globally.
-Tobacco farming stops children attending school. 10%–14% of children from tobacco-growing families miss class because of working in tobacco fields.
-Tobacco contributes to 16% of all noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) deaths.
-Tobacco waste contains over 7000 toxic chemicals that poison the environment, including human carcinogens.
-Up to 10 billion of the 15 billion cigarettes sold daily are disposed in the environment.
Marking this global march against tobacco, SERAC-Bangladesh will host a social media campaign on facebook by mobilizing youths to raise voice against tobacco.
For inquiries: Abdul Wadud, Partnership & Communications Officer at +8801743129999