Tobacco control is a key element for reducing heart disease. Governments can help tobacco users quit by increasing tax on tobacco products, enforcing bans on tobacco advertising and offering services to help people give up tobacco. Smoking bans have been found to decrease the rates of heart attacks, and evidence indicates that smoke-free laws are one of the most cost-effective ways to prevent heart attacks.
Many governments are making progress in the fight against tobacco. In 2019, five billion people were living in countries that have introduced smoking bans, graphic warnings on packaging and other effective tobacco control measures – four times more people than a decade earlier.
Governments can loosen the death grip of heart disease on their populations by implementing measures that are in line with the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) including raising taxes on tobacco products, making them less affordable, and enacting smoke-free legislation.
The tobacco industry continues to aggressively promote the use of tobacco products and to conceal the dangers of tobacco use, but we are fighting back to help prevent this ongoing devastation.