Tobacco control policies to avert 7.4 mn deaths by 2050

According to the new Tobacco control policies, implemented by 41 countries between the year 2007 to 2010, considering the new tobacco control measures, almost 7.4 million people will be saved from pre mature deaths by the year 2050.

This study revealed the figures demonstrated by the World health Organisation in order to curb the use of tobacco and saving life’s of millions of tobacco addicted people. WHO FCTC( World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control) was successful in their tobacco control measure policies.

According to the lead author of the study, David Levy, PhD, professor of oncology at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, using just these simple tobacco control measures and policies, lives of several people could be easily saved.

This new tobacco control measures is known as the “”MPOWER”, which includes WHO FCTC approved many demand reduction provisions. Some of them are :
-Monitoring tobacco use and prevention policies
-Protecting people from tobacco smoke
-Offering help to quit tobacco use
-Warning people about the dangers of tobacco
-Enforcing bans on tobacco advertising
-Promotion and sponsorship
-Raising taxes on tobacco.

By implementing just one or more of these measures, the authors of the study concluded that the number of premature deaths which can be averted by the year 2050 simply by doing a modelling exercise can be almost 7.4 million.

This study not only gave the projected number of lives that could be saved in the operation but also suggested that the tobacco control policies could avert many other tobacco related health conditions like, adverse birth outcomes related to maternal smoking, low birth weight, reduced health-care costs and less loss of productivity due to less smoking-related disease, said the lead author David Levy.

According to director of the department of non-communicable diseases at WHO, Douglas Bettcher, If these high-impact tobacco control measures were implemented even more widely, millions more smoking-related deaths would be averted.

Bettcher also said that with six million smoking-attributable deaths per year today, and these deaths are projected to rise to eight million a year by 2030, tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death in the world.

The study has been published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

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