ARE THE WORLD ACHIEVING THE 2025 TARGET ON TOBACCO USE?
Alison Commar. Comprehensive Information Systems on Tobacco Control, WHO
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are collectively responsible for almost 70% of all deaths worldwide. WHO has unleashed a concerted global attack on NCDs by encouraging all countries to work together to slash the number of premature deaths from NCDs, including specific targets for reducing tobacco use. WHO is already monitoring the progress countries have made to date towards meeting the targets, projecting likely outcomes and identifying roadblocks to success.
Alison Commar has worked in tobacco control and prevention of noncommunicable diseases at the World Health Organization since 2009. A demographer by training, Alison previously worked for the Australian government researching policy triggers to encourage population-wide behavioural change in the fields of health and employment. She is an expert on global tobacco use prevalence, and is a major contributor to the biennial WHO global report on trends in tobacco smoking and WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic.