Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

Global launch of the WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2013

Place: Sheraton Panama Hotel & Convention Center, Panama City, Panama
Date: 10 July 2013

WHO launched the WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2013, the fourth in a series of periodic reports about the extent and character of the tobacco epidemic and measures to stop it.

This year, the tobacco epidemic will kill nearly 6 million people. More than 5 million of them will be users and ex users of smoked and smokeless tobacco and more than 600 000 will be nonsmokers who were exposed to tobacco smoke. By 2030, the epidemic could kill 8 million.

The report presents the latest global and country data on the prevalence of tobacco use and on the impact of demand-reduction measures known by their acronym MPOWER. The report has a particular focus on enforcing bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

Participants at the launch included H.E. Ms Marta Linares de Martinelli, First Lady of Panama, H.E. Dr Javier Díaz, Minister of Health, Panama, H.E. Mr Fernando Núñez Fábrega, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Panama, and Dr Douglas Bettcher, Director of the Prevention of Noncommunicable Disease Department at WHO headquarters.