Document Type : Editorials
World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific, UN Avenue corner Taft Avenue, Manila, Philippines.
In the Western Pacific Region, more than 3 million people die each year as a result of tobacco use – a problem for health and a threat to social and economic development. Countries around the world made a commitment by adopting the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control of which implementation was then further facilitated by WHO's MPOWER package. Recognizing the importance of data as a powerful tool for tobacco control, this special supplement presents papers showcasing efforts by a number of Western Pacific countries and areas and data around these efforts to combat tobacco use and further advance progress in the battle against it. Despite the substantial progress that countries and areas have made in tobacco control, there is still much to be done in order to sustain the momentum to fight against this preventable killer and the industry which promotes it in our continued fight against the world's deadliest epidemic.