Tobacco Control As An Accelerator for The Sustainable Development Goals - Zambia

November 15, 2021

In Zambia, 620 tonnes of cigarette butts and packets end up as toxic rubbish annually.

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Tobacco costs lives, causes economic loss, contributes to environmental degradation, and poses significant threats to sustainable development. Tobacco use kills more than 7,000 Zambians annually, 60 percent of those deaths are people younger than 70. Tobacco is one of the biggest public health challenges, and not only deprives Zambia of health and wealth, but threatens sustainable development.

UNDP, the Secretariat of the WHO FCTC, WHO and the Zambia Ministry of Health released this joint policy brief, which highlights how a continued focus on strengthening tobacco control will help accelerate Zambia’s efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It explores linkages between tobacco control and each of the 17 SDGs, issues and opportunities to deliver mutual benefits across the SDG agenda.