Chiropractors Against Tobacco

October 03, 2008
October 3, Toronto – The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) continues to support chiropractors globally, in the anti-tobacco initiative – guided by the World Health Organization (WHO) – called Chiropractors Against Tobacco (CAT).
According to the WHO, tobacco use is one of the biggest public health threats ever faced, killing about 5.4 million people a year – an average of one person very six seconds.  There are over one billion smokers around the world today.  Although the use of tobacco is decreasing in high-income countries, its use is increasing on an overall global scale.  Almost half the world’s children breathe air contaminated with tobacco smoke.

More than 80% of the world’s smokers live in low-to-middle income countries.  Tobacco use eventually kills about half of those who partake in it, and is a risk factor for six out of the eight leading causes of death in the world.

“Chiropractors Against Tobacco”  is a program aimed at raising public awareness regarding the hazards of tobacco use, for those in high income countries as well as people in low-to-middle income areas of the world.  Chiropractors are asked to talk to their patients about the public health risks of tobacco use. As well, DCs can visit the WFC website ( – click on “Chiropractors Against Tobacco”) to view posters, pamphlets and a host of materials to help educate the public on the negative aspects of tobacco use and/or to help patients stay tobacco-free. 

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