Posted by: audreybenenati | June 8, 2010

WHO | WHO calls for protection of women and girls from tobacco


World No Tobacco Day 2010 focuses on the marketing of tobacco to women

28 MAY 2010 | GENEVA — In observance of World No Tobacco Day 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging global action to protect women and girls against the sickness and suffering caused by tobacco use.

“The trends in some countries are extremely worrisome,” said WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan. “Tobacco use is neither liberating nor glamorous. It is addictive and deadly.”

This year’s campaign theme, Gender and tobacco with an emphasis on marketing to women, focuses on the harmful effects of tobacco marketing towards women and girls. It also highlights the need for governments to ban all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship and to eliminate tobacco smoke in all public and work places as provided in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Although many more men use tobacco than women (women make up only about 20% of the world’s smokers), there is evidence that the epidemic of tobacco use among girls is increasing in some countries and regions…WHO | WHO calls for protection of women and girls from tobacco.

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