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Policy Brief: Tobacco Control as an Aaccelerator for the Sustainable Development Goals in Cambodia

Nov 22, 2018

Tobacco costs lives, causes economic loss, contributes to environmental degradation, and poses significant threats to sustainable development. In Cambodia, close to 10,000 people die each year from tobacco related diseases, equivalent to nearly 30 people dying every day. Tobacco is one of the biggest public health threats, and not only deprives Cambodians of health and wealth, but threaten national development. UNDP, the WHO FCTC, and WHO Cambodia, are releasing this joint policy brief, which highlights how a continued focus on strengthening tobacco control will help accelerate Cambodia’s effort towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It explores linkages between tobacco control and the SDGs, identifying issues and opportunities to deliver mutual benefits across the SDG agenda.

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