21 March 2015 -- All tobacco products are harmful, that they are a leading cause of disease and death worldwide, that they pose an especially heavy burden on low- and middle-income countries and should be de-normalised worldwide. The closing ceremony on 21 March included a call for unity, commitment and action in the 16th WCTOH Declarations.
15 March 2015 -- New data show a declining rate of tobacco use and an increase in numbers of non-smokers. But governments must intensify action to combat the tobacco industry and dramatically reduce consumption of tobacco products to, in turn, protect public health, according to WHO.Non-smoking is becoming the new norm worldwide, according to a new online WHO Global Report on Trends in Tobacco Smoking, launched today during the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) which opened yesterday in Abu Dhabi and ends on 21 March. The conference is focusing on tobacco control and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), namely lung and heart diseases, cancers and diabetes.
Geneva, 26 February 2015 - Tomorrow marks 10 years since the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control came into being. Since then it has been endorsed by 180 Parties, covering 90% of the world’s population and “stands out as the single most powerful preventive instrument available to public health,” according to Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. “We know it works. It averts addiction to a deadly product.”
Geneva, 25 February 2015 -- Over ninety representatives from countries, technical agencies, financing partners, the corporate sector as well as civil society, are meeting together in Geneva over the next two days for a first-ever consultation on the role of electronic and mobile health (e/mHealth) interventions in TB and tobacco control. This consultation has been organized by the World Health Organization's (WHO) Global TB Programme and Department for the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases with the European Respiratory Society (ERS).