- WHO FCTC, where are we coming from? Status of the WHO FCTC implementation in the European Region, where are we in 2016? Zoom in to art 5.3. of the WHO FCTC and ask from ourselves, do we need to say same things over and over again? End by asking what next?
It is 20 years ago the idea of a possible tobacco control treaty was put forward in the context of WHO, in 1996. It has been a long way and carefully crafted process.
Where are we in 2016 in Europe? 20 years after the first idea of a treaty at the WHA and slightly more than 10 years after the entry into force of the WHO FCTC.
Looking at European rates of smoking in the global context, comparing the WHO European Region to other 5 Regions, Europe has the highest level of adult smokers in the world, 28%, and by far highest level of female smokers, 19%.
In the global NCDs related commitments, there is a global voluntary target of a 30% relative reduction in tobacco use by 2025, in less than 10 years time. SDG targets for 2030 are aligned with the NCD targets for 2025, incl. the target related to tobacco use
SDG targets for 2030 are aligned with the NCD targets for 2025, incl. the target related to tobacco use
From 2000 onwards a downward trend is observed in the prevalence of current tobacco smoking among the adult population in the WHO European Region, both in males and females.
In 2015, it is estimated that the prevalence of current tobacco smoking among males is 37%. For females, this percentage will be half less, namely 19%.
At this stage, it is projected that the prevalence level in 2025 among males will be 31% and among females it will be 16%.
Taking the years from 2010 to 2025, this means a projected relative reduction of 22% among the male population, and of 25 % among the female population The WHO European Region would need to accelerate its efforts in tobacco control in order to achieve the global target of a 30% relative reduction by 2025.
It also goes for all countries in this room as based on the latest DRAFT trends report to be published in early 2017, none of the countries here would achieve the global voluntary target by 2025.
Global tobacco epidemic through the European lens
WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
(179 countries and the EU)
Resolution WHA 49.17
International framework convention
on tobacco control
sponsored by Canada
first mention in the WHA of a treaty
Where it all began- May 1996- Introduction of the concept of the WHO FCTC
"We invite the Member
States of WHO to initiate
work on a Framework
to take the first step in a
process that the World
has called for before."
May 1998- Dr Bruntland, former Director General, at the World Health Assembly
October 2000- March 2003- Negotiations, negotiations, negotiations
Adoption by the World Health Assembly
21st May 2003- Adoption by the World Health Assembly- history is made!
Name of presentation
Date of presentation
Current tobacco use in Europe
No room for complacency
EUR 38% 19% 28%
WPR 47% 3% 25%
EMR 38% 4% 22%
AMR 26% 16% 20%
SEAR 34% 4% 19%
AFR 22% 7% 15%
Global 36% 8% 22%
Halt the rise in
A 10% relative
At least a 10%
use of alcohol
A 25% relative reduction in
risk of premature mortality
from cardiovascular disease,
cancer, diabetes or chronic
A 30% relative
A 25% relative
At least 50%
SDG targets for 2030 are aligned with the NCD targets for 2025
Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and
promote wellbeing for all people
at all ages
Commits governments to develop national
• Target 3.4: By 2030, reduce by one
third premature mortality from NCDs
• Target 3.a: Strengthen the
implementation of the WHO
Framework Convention on Tobacco
Tobacco control in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Prevalence (%) of current tobacco smoking (15+) in Europe
from 2000 with projections to 2025
2000 2005 2010 2015 2020 2025
Males Both Females