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A Call for Action: Responding to the Tobacco Epidemic and the Price of Cigarettes

Categories: cancer, cardiovascular disease, noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), tobacco

Woman smoking tobacco

“Raising taxes to increase the price of tobacco products is the most effective means to reduce tobacco use and encourage smokers to quit.” – WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2013

Samira Asma, DDS, MPH - Chief, CDC Global Tobacco Control Branch

Samira Asma, DDS, MPH - Chief, CDC Global Tobacco Control Branch

Real People, Real Stories

Mehmet Nuhoğlu started smoking when he was in middle school at the age of 12 after hearing that real men smoke. Little did he know that 45 years later his two pack a day addiction would lead to a heart attack and then cancer. “I never thought it would happen to me. I still can’t believe it,” he says.

Featured in national ads similar to the US Tips campaign, Mehmet was one of the real-life people featured in Turkey’s anti-tobacco mass media campaign that was launched in the later part of 2011. He tells of his experience with cigarettes and what daily smoking ended up costing him- his voice and his health. Now speaking with the help of an electrolarynx (a device that helps users who have lost their voice box produce clearer speech), he confesses that he regrets smoking.

World No Tobacco Day Refocuses Attention on Important Goal

Categories: noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), tobacco

Dr. Tom Frieden

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH: CDC Director

Every year, tobacco kills more than 440,000 people in the United States and 6 million people worldwide.

If current rates of tobacco use continue unchecked, the number of people who die from tobacco-related illness will exceed 8 million a year by 2030 – and 1 billion in this century. In the United States, after decades of steady declines in smoking, progress has stalled in recent years.

There is much more work to be done in the US and throughout the world if we are to reverse the epidemic of tobacco use. And that’s why today is so important.

Today should remind us about the dangers posed by tobacco, and why we cannot ease up on our efforts to eliminate its use. It’s also a good time to highlight tobacco control programs and initiatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and many other global public health partners.

 
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