On the way to a tobacco- and nicotine-free Switzerland
The Swiss Association for Tobacco Control is the center of competence for tobacco prevention in Switzerland. As an umbrella organization for the promotion of non-smoking, it today comprises over 50 organizational members. AT Switzerland offers its members a broad network of experts and provides expertise on tobacco control and prevention. With evidence-based offers and the networking of the central actors, it is committed to a sustainably healthy and smoke-free Switzerland and at the same time offers the population a hand in quitting smoking and nicotine withdrawal.
An important field of action is the denormalization of the consumption of tobacco and nicotine products. This is because a large part of the population still regards the consumption of lethal tobacco and nicotine products as "normal". Furthermore, the protection of young people is at the center of its work and AT Switzerland would like to encourage smokers on their way to quitting smoking. Finally, AT Switzerland is very concerned to strengthen the protection of the population from passive smoke.
The new MMS Bulletin: In the clutches of the tobacco companies
In cooperation with Medicus Mundi Switzerland (MMS), the leading network of international health cooperation and global health, AT Switzerland addresses in an online bulletin the crimes of the tobacco industry in the global South and why they endanger the goals of the 2030 Agenda.
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Since its discovery, tobacco has been the cause of slavery, colonialism, exploitation, disease and death. Today, the tobacco companies and their scheming actions are primarily responsible for this. While the global community has had some success in the fight against tobacco consumption through concerted action, the influence of the tobacco multinationals is largely unchecked. Billions in profits, irresponsibility, corruption and interference in political decision-making, especially in low- and middle-income countries, are responsible for a long list of threats to public health.
Read in this MMS Bulletin, produced in close cooperation with Medicus Mundi Switzerland, about what the ongoing challenges and negative impacts on people, the environment and social justice will be if this influence does not fundamentally change.