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Tobacco Control Pledge

Sign the pledge and become a tobacco control advocate

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death worldwide. To protect the lung health of millions of people, The Union works with governments and civil society across the globe to develop the policies, legislation and infrastructure proven to reduce tobacco use.

Join us in the fight against tobacco. Sign the pledge and commit to taking action to end tobacco use and promote the right of all people to the highest standard of health.

As a public health advocate, and conforming with the World Health Organization’s global call to reduce tobacco use(*), I make the following pledge:

I acknowledge the devastating and irreversible health, environmental and societal harms caused by tobacco use, which kills more than eight million people (**) worldwide each year.

I strongly object to the tobacco industry’s interference in public health policies, and the appalling tactics it uses to further its own agenda and undermine the development goals of Governments and international agencies.

I therefore commit to being a tobacco-free role model, and to take the following action:

  • I strongly support the advancement of smoking cessation services in all health promotion and disease control programmes in order to reduce the burden of tuberculosis and other lung diseases that are worsened or caused by tobacco use.
  • I commit to engaging family members and peers to quit using tobacco, and supporting them to do this by giving them information and practical advice.
  • I call on organisations to make their buildings and events tobacco-free.
  • I call on organisations to immediately cease all interaction with the tobacco industry and refuse any current and future funding from big tobacco.
  • I support the 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health efforts to be a tobacco-free environment.

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*Adopted and signed by the participants of the WHO Informal Meeting on Health Professionals and Tobacco Control; 28-30 January 2004; Geneva, Switzerland.

**GBD 2017 Risk Factor Collaborators. Global, regional, and national comparative risk assessment of 84 behavioural, environmental and occupational, and metabolic risks or clusters of risks for 195 countries and territories, 1990- 2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017. Seattle, WA: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation; 2018.

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