Tobacco control to improve child health and development

Tobacco poses risks to children’s survival, health and development. Protecting children from tobacco smoke is essential to help them to 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 exposure is a key aspect of providing clean, safe and secure environments. This thematic brief presents ​how comprehensive smoke-free policies positively impact child health and development and calls for the strengthening of tobacco control globally.
WHO news release
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Imperial College London news release