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New tobacco control investment supports MPOWER roll-out

5 December 2016 –- WHO welcomes today's announcement from Bloomberg Philanthropies on a new commitment of $360 million for the global fight against tobacco. Since 2006 WHO has been a core partner in what remains a unique effort by Bloomberg Philanthropies to reduce deaths and disability related to tobacco use by promoting tobacco policy control in key areas. WHO works with Bloomberg, governments and international partners to introduce and enforce laws, policy and surveillance around tobacco control. To date, the combined work has successfully supported policy work in 59 countries, reaching nearly 3.5 billion people and saving an estimated 30 million lives.

The missing O: Scaling up tobacco cessation in India using mobile technology

3 October 2016 -- Quitting tobacco is difficult. But innovative measures to help people kick the habit, such as a mobile phone-based initiative in India, are vital to ending the tobacco epidemic.

In India every year, an estimated 1 million people die from tobacco-related illnesses, all of which could have been avoided by stopping tobacco use.

Right to control tobacco upheld for states

A man walks by a sign designating a no smoking area in India.
WHO/A Das

13 July 2016 – An international tribunal has upheld the authority of states to protect health through tobacco control. The World Bank has confirmed that tobacco control measures applied by the Government of Uruguay did not violate the terms of an investment agreement between Uruguay and Switzerland, thereby affirming that Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control can confidently implement the Convention and its guidelines.

World No Tobacco Day 2016: get ready for plain packaging

World No Tobacco Day 2016
Poster based on image from the © Commonwealth of Australia

30 May 2016 -- For this year's World No Tobacco Day, WHO and the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control are calling countries to get ready for plain (standardized) packaging of tobacco products. Plain packaging is an important demand reduction measure that reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products, restricts use of tobacco packaging as a form of tobacco advertising and promotion, limits misleading packaging and labelling, and increases the effectiveness of health warnings.

Plain packaging of tobacco products: evidence, design and implementation

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31 May 2016 -- In 2012, Australia became the first country to implement laws requiring plain (standardized) packaging of tobacco products. Since then, France, Ireland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland have passed laws and other countries have initiated legislative processes. This publication describes the purposes of implementing plain packaging as part of a comprehensive approach to tobacco control, the evidence base justifying the measure and developments at the country level, before offering recommendations to countries considering implementing plain packaging.

Smoke-free movies: from evidence to action

1 February 2016 -- Movies showing tobacco products have enticed millions of young people worldwide to start smoking, according to the new WHO "Smoke-free movies: from evidence to action".

WHO calls on governments to take concrete steps to rate movies that portray tobacco use to help stop adolescents from becoming addicted to tobacco. In 2014, smoking was found in 44% of all Hollywood films, and 36% of films rated for young people.

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  • 31 May 2017

    World No Tobacco Day 2017: Tobacco - a threat to development

    The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is "Tobacco – a threat to development." The campaign will: demonstrate the threats that the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of all countries, including the health and economic well-being of their citizens; and propose measures that governments and the public should take to promote health and development by confronting the global tobacco crisis.

  • 3-4 October 2016

    WHO meeting on tobacco tax harmonization: lessons learnt from regional/economic blocks

    The meeting gathered 35 participants with representatives from the Ministries of Health, Finance and Economy of the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU: Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and the Russian Federation). Representatives from the World Bank, the European Commission, academia (University of Macedonia and Centre for Economic and Financial Research) as well as an NGO (Confederation of Consumers Associations of Russia) participated in the meeting as well.

  • 22 September 2016

    Beating cardiovascular disease

    A new initiative from WHO and partners, the Global Hearts Initiative, has been launched to respond to the world’s leading cause of death, cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes. Scaling up tobacco control, reducing salt consumption and strengthening primary health care services to reduce cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol are the focuses of the Global Hearts Initiative.

  • 12 July 2016

    International tribunal upholds states’ rights to protect health through tobacco control

    An international tribunal has upheld the sovereign authority of states to protect health through tobacco control. The World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has confirmed that tobacco control measures applied by the Government of Uruguay did not violate the terms of an investment agreement between Uruguay and Switzerland, under which the dispute was initiated.

  • June 2016

  • 6 April 2016

    WHO to use the documentary titled “Addiction Incorporated” in its Global Fight Against Tobacco

    “Addiction Incorporated” is a documentary on the series of events which led to the first-ever USA federal regulation of the tobacco industry. It begins with research scientist Victor DeNoble’s discovery of a new compound that was used to increase the addictiveness of cigarettes. Manufacturers thereafter altered the formulation of cigarettes to enhance smokers’ chronic addiction to these products.

  • 1 April 2016

    • WHO Bulletin: Modelling the impact of raising tobacco taxes on public health and finance
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      A new article on tobacco taxation has been published in the April issue of the WHO Bulletin. The article explores and quantifies the potential for tobacco taxation to contribute to the 2030 agenda for sustainable development by reducing tobacco use, saving lives and generating tax revenues – which in turn can help create the fiscal space required by governments throughout the world to finance their development priorities.

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