Tobacco use is a leading cause of preventable disease and premature death across Europe. Helping people to stop smoking is the most cost-effective health intervention we can make to prevent lung cancer, chronic lung diseases and countless other health problems.
The European Respiratory Society (ERS) encourages governments to implement and enforce tobacco control policies, in order to prevent tobacco use and to help those who currently smoke to kick the habit using evidence-based means.
of smokers start before they are 25. We support plain packaging legislation and stricter tobacco control policies to reduce the number of smokers.
people will die from smoking in the 21st century if no action is taken to address current trends in tobacco use.
of the world’s burden of tobacco-related disease occurs in Europe, even though only 15% of the world’s population live on the continent.