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Europe & Central Asia

Europe & Central Asia is the region most affected by noncommunicable diseases, with cardiovascular disease being responsible for more than half of all deaths across the region.

Europe and Central Asia have the highest prevalence of tobacco smoking among adults aged 15 and older as well as the highest alcohol consumption levels in the world.

90%

of all deaths in Europe and Central Asia are due to noncommunicable diseases

4.2M

people die in the region every year because of CVD

Europe & Central Asia have the highest proportion of smokers in the world

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Latest News

Advocating for a tobacco-free world at COP10

The World Heart Federation (WHF) proudly represented the global cardiovascular community at the Tenth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), held from 05 to 10 February 2024 in Panama City, Panama. Representatives from 142 Parties gathered to tackle a range of issues, from progress on […]

Tobacco

Addressing novel and emerging tobacco products at COP10

This is a statement delivered by the World Heart Federation at the 10th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO FCTC in Panama. Honourable Chair, Distinguished Delegates, The World Heart Federation welcomes the latest reports on newer tobacco and nicotine products. For decades, the tobacco industry has perpetuated the myth that nicotine […]

Tobacco

Addressing global progress in implementation of the WHO FCTC at COP10

This is a statement delivered by the World Heart Federation at the 10th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO FCTC in Panama. Honourable Chair, Distinguished Delegates, The World Heart Federation applauds the Parties for the progress made since 2021. Nevertheless, we note with concern that interference from the tobacco industry remains […]

Tobacco

WHF at the 154th WHO Executive Board

The World Heart Federation was an active presence throughout the 154th Executive Board (EB154) of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland from 22-27 January 2024. Advocacy Committee Chair Trevor Shilton and the members of the Policy and Advocacy Team participated throughout the week; in addition to meeting with numerous country delegations and fellow advocates […]

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Women & CVD

Women & CVD

The most common heart attack symptom, in both men and women, is some type of chest pain, pressure or discomfort. But chest pain is not always the most noticeable symptom, especially in women, who are more likely to experience it as pressure or tightness in the chest. They may even have no chest pain at […]