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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health

Building capacity for a tobacco-free world

July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA

Saturday, July 15, 2006 - 8:40 AM

Tobacco, the FCTC and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

Harley J. Stanton, DrPH, Public Health Programme, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, BP D5, Noumea, 98848, New Caledonia

Objective: 1. The objective of this report is to review the ways in which tobacco impacts the Millennium Development Goals; and 2. To make recommendations for low income countries on the inclusion of tobacco control in the development agendas for countries and donors.


The MDGs were developed in 2000 following the United Nations Millennium Development Conference with the aim of reducing global poverty. Little interest was intitially shown in including tobacco in the MDGs but the development of the FCTC and the increasing realization of the impact of tobacco on so many areas of development and health have highlighted the need for tobacco to be included.

Results: This paper presents the ways in which tobacco impacts poverty in relation to the eight goals of the MDGs with a review of the ways in which tobacco control can be integrated into development agendas in low income countries. This paper posits that the MDGs will only be achieved in many of the developing countries as tobacco is included in the development programs and recommends that donor agencies increase their awareness and support for such developments