Singapore: Subnational leaders, mayors, government officials and civil society members gathered at the 3rd Asia Pacific Cities Alliance for Tobacco Control and NonCommunicable Diseases Prevention Summit pledged to redouble their efforts at enforcing tobacco control and prevent related noncommunicable diseases. The summit was hosted under the aegis of the Asia Pacific Cities Alliance for Tobacco Control and Prevention of Noncommunicable Disease [AP-CAT], the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and The Ministry of Health, Indonesia.
The summit hosted in Singapore from December 4-6, agreed on a call for action that covers three board areas:
Implement World Health Organization (WHO) best buys for NCDs control and prevention; i) reduce tobacco use; ii) reduce harmful use of alcohol; iii) reduce unhealthy diet; iv) reduce physical inactivity; v) manage cardiovascular disease and diabetes; vi) manage cancer; vii) manage Chronic Respiratory disease
Implement tobacco control best buys:
1. Create a 100% smoke-free environment in public places, work places and public transport. And encourage family to create smokefree home and social events.
2. Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship
3. Support for national governments to increase the size of pictorial health warnings with a provision for plain packaging
4. Support national government to raise taxes on tobacco products
5. Prevent tobacco industry interferences to safe guard people’s health from the influence of the tobacco industry
6. Create tobacco free generation as an endgame for tobacco
7. Establish and expand country level alliance of subnational leaders
Measure and evaluate progress, so that interventions are implemented, and progress can be monitored.