The World Health Organization (WHO) recently published the 2011 Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic. Third of a series that began in 2008, the 2011 Report presents the latest developments that happened in tobacco-related issues, such as smoke free legislation or tobacco taxation.

The World Health Organization used the MPOWER measures to frame the lack of progress in certain areas and progress in other areas in the implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

The 2011 Report emphasises that:

- 23 additional countries put in place mass media campaigns (covering around 2 billion people)
- 16 additional countries have implemented smoke-free environment in public places (covering 100 million people),
- 1 additional country implemented services helping people quit smoking,
- 3 more countries are concerned by a total ban of all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship (covering 80 million people),
- 26 additional countries as well as 1 territory apply the minimum level of tobacco taxation: 75% of the retail price.

- 3 additional countries have implemented health warnings which brings the total population confronted to such packages to 458 million people. It makes it the best achievement,
- while only US$ 1 billion is spent worldwide on tobacco control activities and 133 billion is being perceived through excise tax, the funding of tobacco control activities represent the worst development.

Despite the progress that happened over the last few years, tobacco is still the leading cause of preventable deaths, with one person dying every six seconds because fo direct or indirect use of tobacco. [1].

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[1] WHO figure July 2011

Last modified on September 6 2011.