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Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

Tobacco and its environmental impact: an overview

Tobacco use is now a well-documented threat to global health. It kills more than 7 million people a

year and is currently the world’s single biggest cause of preventable death. Much of what is known

about the risks of tobacco, however, concerns the direct impact (in terms of morbidity and mortality)

of first-hand and second-hand smoke on people’s health. What we have yet to do as a public health

community is draw attention to the myriad other ways in which tobacco growth, production and

consumption impact human development.

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03. good health and well-being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

08. decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

11. sustainable cities and communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

12. sustainable consumption and production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

13. climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts



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