Finland Tobacco-free by 2040
The government of Finland is urged to undertake policies that make Finland tobacco-free by 2040. This means that tobacco use is reduced by 10 % annually. Nowadays, around one quarter of adults uses tobacco products.
A broad range of trade unions, institutes and organizations representing influential actors of civil society call for concrete measures to support Tobacco-free Finland by 2040: families need support to raise tobacco-free generations, individuals are encouraged to quit smoking and smoking cessation is strengthened.
Their letter was introduced to the prime minister of Finland Mr. Matti Vanhanen by director general Pekka Puska at the launch event of Tobacco-free Finland in Helsinki.
The undersigned propose that the government undertakes a government principle decision during its current term, for reducing smoking by 10% a year and making Finland entirely tobacco-free by 2040.
The government principle decision must outline resolutions by which:
- Families are supported in the upbringing of a tobacco-free generation, because a Tobacco-free Finland will not be attained unless young people do not take up smoking;
- Quitting smoking is supported and smoking cessation efforts are strengthened, because a Tobacco-free Finland will not be attained unless as many adults as possible quit smoking;
- The social inequality linked to smoking is tackled, because smoking is a significant cause of health differences.
The signatories recall that smoking is a significant cause of avoidable premature death and illness in Finland; some 6,000 people in Finland die of smoking-related diseases each year - and of these half are of working age.
They are concerned about the increase in social inequality brought about by smoking. Reducing and preventing smoking would improve health improved on an equal basis.
In addition, they demand that each person in Finland should be made aware of the severe health hazards and addiction caused by smoking and using tobacco products;
The signatories emphasize the importance of social policy measures in reducing smoking, so as to create the possibilities and circumstances that support health-promoting choices. Each person must have the possibility of having a tobacco-free environment in which to live, and everyone must have support in quitting smoking that is close at hand and easily attainable;
It is important that society's various actors, from decision-makers to businesses and organizations and other groupings set the objective of especially preventing the onset of smoking by young people and to support the efforts of adults to quit smoking.
A letter was introduced to the prime minister of Finland, Mr. Matti Vanhanen by director general Pekka Puska at the launch event of Tobacco-free Finland in Helsinki 2009. A broad range of trade unions, institutes and organizations representing influential actors of civil society called for concrete measures to support Tobacco-free Finland by 2040.
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