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Submitted by Ulysses Dorotheo on

Sustainable development requires good health of individuals, communities, and nations, but the goal of reducing premature deaths caused by non-communicable diseases will not be attained unless tobacco use is significantly reduced in all countries, particularly China, India, and many low- and middle-income countries. The best way to make this happen is by fully implementing the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. If and when major tax increases that reduce affordability of tobacco products are implemented by a majority of countries in line with the FCTC Article 6 guidelines, then we shall start to see major improvements in global health. Allocating tobacco tax revenues for tobacco control and health promotion will accelerate the process towards better health and should be a no-brainer for governments.