The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: An Accelerator for Sustainable Development (2017)

In September 2015, United Nations Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, making a commitment to achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ranging from eradicating extreme poverty, to combating climate change, to promoting peaceful and inclusive societies. For the first time, a specific target on tobacco control was included (Target 3.a), positioning implementation of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) as key to sustainable development. This was done in recognition not only of the tremendous health toll of tobacco use, but also of the social, economic, and environmental impacts of tobacco use and production on individuals, families, communities and countries.

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