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Tobacco control

There are an estimated 430 million smokers residing in the Western Pacific Region, or about one third of the world's smokers. In the Region, it is estimated that two people die every minute from tobacco-related disease, and half of all men, women, and children are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke at home and in public places. The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control was developed in response to the globalization of the tobacco epidemic and is an evidence-based treaty that reaffirms the right of all people to the highest standard of health. Through ratification of the Convention, all countries in the Region have an obligation to implement the provisions that reduce the demand for tobacco as well as others that reduce tobacco production, distribution, availability and supply.

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