Cigarette smoking has been identified as a high risk
factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,
coronary heart disease, strokes and peripheral
vascular disease. It results in the intensification of the
vascular diseases of hypertension and diabetes. The
Framework Convention on Tobacco Control,
established by the World Health Organization in 2003,
with its wide ranging recommended strategies and
activities, offers a comprehensive approach towards
reducing the impact on health by tobacco use.
Countries should mobilise governments and civil
society to implement the treaty.