Thinking about sustainable recovery from the ongoing pandemic and building back better, the importance of population-level preventive efforts cannot be understated in supporting healthy, resilient societies. This includes addressing significant risk factors, including tobacco use, and how these efforts contribute to the prevention of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). Addressing NCDs is recognised as a key component to building back better in a way that can promote the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Addressing tobacco control as an NCD risk factor and as a challenge to progress across the SDGs is a key component of a multifaceted approach to prevention’s role in resilient post-pandemic recovery.
This event will highlight the critical, cross-cutting role that tobacco control and NCD prevention need to play in contributing to sustainable development during and after the pandemic. This includes showcasing positive examples of the inclusion of tobacco control and NCDs in COVID-19 recovery efforts.
The following questions will be used to facilitate discussions on this topic: