September 28, 2021 – 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.
This 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. The webinar provided an overview of World Health Organization’s package of proven effective measures, MPOWER, and include examples of how countries are taking action to create smoke-free environments.