Date: Tuesday September 28, 2021
Time: 09:00 (EST) | 14:00 (GMT) | 15:00 (CET) | 16:00 (EAT) | 17:30 (IST) 
Duration: 90 minutes
Language: English
Recording of the event
Slide presentation

Tobacco poses risks to children’s survival, health and development. Protecting children from tobacco smoke is essential to helping them survive and thrive. Children exposed to tobacco smoke are at an increased risk of a range of diseases and are more likely to take up smoking themselves. Enabling children to grow up free from the dangers of tobacco and nicotine is a key aspect of providing clean, safe and secure environments. Comprehensive smoke-free policies positively impact child health and development.

This webinar, convened by the World Health Organization in collaboration with the International Pediatric Association and the ECD Action Network, probed further into the Thematic Brief Tobacco control for children’s health and development and provided examples of​ how comprehensive smoke-free policies positively impact child health and development.

The webinar reviewed the health risks that tobacco and second-hand smoke poses to children, starting from the prenatal period, and the strong protective effects of tobacco control measures. It provided an overview of World Health Organization’s package of proven effective measures, MPOWER, and included examples of how countries are taking action to create smoke-free environments.


  • Anshu Banerjee, Director, Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health & Ageing, World Health Organization
  • Filippos Filippidis, Senior Lecturer in Public Health, Director of Education, School of Public Health, Imperial College London
  • Vinayak M Prasad, Unit Head, No Tobacco (TFI), Department of Health Promotion, World Health Organization
  • João Paulo Lotufo, Representative, Brazilian Pediatrics Society & Pediatrician, Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil
  • Njeri Karianjahi, Member, Kenya Pediatric Association
  • Aman Pulungan, Executive Director, International Pediatric Association and President, Indonesian Pediatric Society
  • Jiang Yuan, Deputy Director, Thinktank Research Center for Health Development & Deputy Director, Chinese Association of Tobacco Control
  • Irene Zuijdgeest, Designated Representative, International Confederation of Midwives
  • Joanna Lai, Health Specialist, Maternal Newborn Adolescent Health Unit, Health Section UNICEF New York
  • Jonathan Klein, University of Illinois at Chicago; Treasurer, International Pediatrics Association
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