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New WHO report on e-cigarettes

New WHO report on e-cigarettes
WHO/C. Black
Dr Douglas Bettcher, Director WHO Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases

3 September 2014 – The World Health Organization released a new report on 26 August 2014 on e-cigarettes and similar devices upon a request from the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The report calls for regulatory measures to be considered for banning flavours in e-cigarettes, ending their use in indoor workplaces and public places, and restricting their promotion to avoid initiation of non-smokers, youth and pregnant women.

Australia shows the impact of plain packaging

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing
Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

4 August 2014 -- Australian officials announced that the nation’s daily smoking rate, among people aged 14 years and older, declined from 15.1% to 12.8% between 2010 and 2013.

Philippines signs into law graphic health warnings

Philippines signs into law graphic health warnings
U.S. Department of Health and Services

MANILA,22 July 2014 -- A Philippine law requiring manufacturers to display graphic health warnings on cigarette packs came into force on Friday. The law requires cigarette manufacturers to display pictures showing the harmful effects of smoking on half of both sides of cigarette packets. This is another milestone for the Philippines following the law raising tobacco taxes signed in 2013.

The WHO Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases Department welcomes Dr Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva as Head of the Secretariat of the WHO FCTC

Dr Vera da Costa e Silva, Head of the Secretariat of the WHO FCTC
Dr Vera da Costa e Silva, Head of the Secretariat of the WHO FCTC

27 June 2014 -- The WHO Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases Department (PND) warmly welcomes Dr Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva as Head of the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (CSF). Dr da Costa e Silva is not only a well-known, but also well-respected figure within WHO because she was the Director of the Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI) from 2001 to 2005, overseeing the WHO secretariat work on the negotiation of the treaty.

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