World No Tobacco Day 2024

In the aftermath of World No Tobacco Day 2024, the European Chronic Disease Alliance supports WHO’s actions to date to address the tobacco epidemic and calls for increased efforts to educate the public regarding the health threats posed by tobacco products. This yearly celebration, created by WHO in1987, draws attention to the preventable illnesses and deaths caused by tobacco consumption and underscores the importance of taking robust action against tobacco to reduce the rates of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) among future generations.

To continue the efforts against tobacco consumption in Europe, ECDA calls on the European Union to focus its regulatory efforts on all types of tobacco products, especially novel and emerging products that are often marketed towards and consumed by youth. ECDA further calls on EU policymakers to ban the online sale of tobacco products and e-cigarettes, implement an excise tax on heated tobacco products, and work to ensure greater protection of EU citizens from the dangerous effects of secondhand smoke, and address the delay in tobacco legislation revision.

ECDA strongly supports WHO’s goal to reduce the prevalence of tobacco consumption in the EU to less than 5% by 2040 and welcomes the opportunity presented by World No Tobacco Day to recommit to the anti-tobacco mission. By implementing ECDA’s recommendations, EU policymakers can lead the way into a future free from tobacco-induced NCDs.