Smoking and Health

Smoking is a cause of serious diseases in smokers, including lung cancer, heart disease and emphysema. We agree that governments and public health authorities around the world should provide clear and consistent messages about the health risks of smoking. Adults should be guided by those messages when deciding whether or not to smoke. Children should never smoke.


Cigarette smoking is addictive and it can be very difficult to stop.

While some people may find it difficult to stop smoking, we believe it is important for them to understand that they are able to stop if they choose to do so. Millions of people have stopped smoking, the majority without assistance.

To reduce the health risks of smoking, the best step to take is to stop smoking. For smokers who have decided to stop, information published by public health authorities is always available.


Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS), also known as second-hand smoke, is the aged and diluted combination of the smoke rising from the lit end of a cigarette and the smoke exhaled by the smoker into the ambient air.

Public health authorities worldwide have concluded that ETS is a cause of smoking-related diseases in non-smokers. The public should be guided by the conclusions of those public health authorities regarding ETS.
Adults who smoke should show consideration and courtesy to other people and in particular should exercise care to avoid smoking around children.