Tobacco free initiative
WHO works closely with the Chinese Ministry of Health and our other national and international partners in China to strengthen tobacco control measures and reduce tobacco consumption.
The focus of our work on tobacco control in China is the MPOWER package of measures – developed by the WHO to assist countries to advance the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). These measures, each of which corresponds to at least one provision of the FCTC, are considered to be the 'best buys' in tobacco control.
The six MPOWER measures are:
- Monitor tobacco use and prevention policies
- Protect people from tobacco use
- Offer help to quit tobacco use
- Warn about the dangers of tobacco
- Enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship
- Raise taxes on tobacco.
The WHO supports implementation of these measures in China through a range of activities including collaboration and provision of technical support and assistance to the Government of China and other partners; research; surveillance work; and high level advocacy for the implementation of the FCTC.