A MULTI-SECTOR APPROACH TO PREVENT AND CONTROL NCDS
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Tobacco use is the major cause of preventable premature death in many Pacific islands. The tobacco use prevalence and prevalence of exposure to second-hand smoke in the Pacific are very high.
For example, over 70% of men in one Pacific island smoke, while in another, close to 55% of women smoke. Non-smokers are also burdened. As much as 76% of young people are exposed to second-hand smoke inside the home and 86% outside the home in the Pacific.
Action needs to be taken to prevent and reduce tobacco use in order to save lives.
The TFP2025 Network is a growing regional platform for connecting people and organizations, sharing resources, building knowledge and providing awareness related to the Tobacco Free Pacific 2025 campaign. The campaign drives action to meet the Pacific Ministers of Health adopted goal of a Tobacco Free Pacific (<5% adult tobacco use) for each Pacific Island country and territory by 2025.
The Tobacco Free Pacific campaign is comprised of six main action areas. Based on evidence and recommendations of the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (WHO FCFC), the actions are: