February 2014 -- For World No Tobacco Day 2014, WHO and partners call on countries to raise taxes on tobacco. Research shows that higher taxes are especially effective in reducing tobacco use among lower-income groups and in preventing young people from starting to smoke.
7 February 2014 -- In addition to winter sports achievements, visitors to the Olympic Winter Games 2014 will be expecting innovative sport facilities, modernized transportation infrastructure and traditional hospitality in Sochi on Russia’s Black Sea coast. But cigarette smokers may find something unexpectedly missing: somewhere to smoke. During the Olympic Games smoking will be forbidden in all Olympic and Paralympic venues, including all bars and restaurants in the Olympic park. No tobacco products will be sold at any of the Olympic sites.
13 November 2013 -- The global burden and threat of NCDs constitutes a major public health challenge that undermines social and economic development throughout the world, and inter alia has the effect of increasing inequalities between countries and within populations. As requested by the World Health Assembly in resolution WHA64.11, the Secretariat has developed a draft "Global action plan for the prevention and control of NCDs for the period 2013–2020", building on what has already been achieved through the implementation of the 2008–2013 action plan.
7 October 2013 -- Each year, tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke claim well more than 700 000 lives in European Union (EU). A strong EU Tobacco Products Directive would not only help save lives and protect young people from addiction, but will also signal to the world that the EU can continue to be seen as a strong ally in the fight against the tobacco epidemic.
The world's solution
177Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (New Party: Tajikistan)See the list of Parties
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)
63%of all deaths are caused by NCDs, for which tobacco use is one of the greatest risk factorsWHO global status report on NCDs
> 600 000people die each year from exposure to second-hand smokeRead the tobacco fact sheet