Investing in Tobacco Control: Twelve Years of MPOWER Measures and Progress in the Western Pacific Region

Document Type: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Authors

1 (Former) Division of NCD and Health though the Life-Course, World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific, Manila, Philippines.

2 Pan American Health Organization, Representative Office, Brasilia, Brazil.

3 Division of Healthy Environments and Populations, World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific, Manila, Philippines.

4 (Former) Division of Healthy Environments and Populations, World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific, Manila, Philippines.

Abstract

Tobacco use has detrimental effects in the Western Pacific Region. The World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) came into effect in 2005 to address the global tobacco epidemic, and WHO introduced the MPOWER measures to facilitate implementation of key demand-reduction measures of the WHO FCTC at the country level. This paper provides an overview of progress made by countries within the Region since the introduction of the MPOWER measures 12 years ago, and examines challenges and threats hindering their further implementation.

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