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WHO welcomes introduction of new tobacco advertising changes in China

BEIJING, 31 August 2015 – Advertising of tobacco products is akin to marketing death and disease. That is why new restrictions on tobacco advertising in China, which come into effect from 1 September are to be warmly welcomed, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2015

Global launch of the WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2015 in WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific, Manila, Philippines, 7 July 2015
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Global launch of the WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2015 in WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific, Manila, Philippines, 7 July 2015

7 July 2015 --WHO launches the WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2015, the fifth in a series of periodic reports about the extent and character of the tobacco epidemic and measures to stop it. This report has a particular focus on tobacco taxation and in-depth analyses of tobacco taxes in all WHO Member States, allowing for a more detailed understanding of progress and future challenges in this area.

New comprehensive smoke-free law protects 20 million people in Beijing, China

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WHO China

From 1 June 2015, all indoor public places in Beijing, China’s capital city, are required by law to be 100 per cent smoke-free. This includes all indoor workplaces, restaurants and bars, hotels, airports, and public transport facilities. Many outdoor public places, such as some kindergarten and hospital campuses, will also be required to be smoke-free. The law also bans tobacco advertising in mass media, public places, outdoors, and on public transport.

World No Tobacco Day 2015: Stop illicit trade of tobacco products

WHO poster on World No Tobacco Day 2015

15 April 2015 -- One in every 10 cigarettes, and many other tobacco products, consumed worldwide are illegal, making the illicit trade of tobacco products a major global concern from many perspectives, including health, legal, economic, governance and corruption. The tobacco industry and criminal groups are among those who profit from the illegal tobacco trade, leaving the public to pay the health and security costs. Ratification by governments of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products is necessary to respond to the financial, legal and health impacts of the illicit trade of tobacco products. The public, academia and other sectors can take action by urging their lawmakers to make their countries Parties to the Protocol.

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