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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

WHO

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.

It is time for a national smoke-free law in China: new WHO report

BEIJING, 19 October 2015 – A strong, comprehensive, national smoke-free law would protect all of China’s 1.34 billion citizens from the harms of second-hand tobacco smoke, and would be immensely popular with the public, including smokers, according to a new report launched today

A call for higher taxes on tobacco

World No Tobacco Day 2014
WHO

2 October 2015 -- Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, and Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York City, argue today in the Washington Post that tobacco taxes need to be taken seriously as a development measure in the post-2015 agenda. The Global Goals for Sustainable Development, recently adopted by world leaders at the United Nations in New York, set out the key objectives for the world to achieve by 2030 to be more equitable, prosperous and sustainable. Tobacco taxation provides governments with a unique opportunity to protect the lives of their citizens, whilst raising much needed funds to finance these goals. It's a low-cost, win-win solution for a healthier, and wealthier, global future.


World No Tobacco Day 2016: get ready for plain packaging

World No Tobacco Day 2016: Get ready for plain packaging

For World No Tobacco Day 2016, WHO and the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control are calling on all 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.

Brochure: Get ready for plain packaging

For this year's World No Tobacco Day, WHO and the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control are calling on countries to get ready for plain (standardized) packaging of tobacco products. Plain packaging refers to “measures to restrict or prohibit the use of logos, colours, brand images or promotional information on packaging other than brand names and product names displayed in a standard colour and font style (plain packaging).

Posters: Get ready for plain packaging

WHO designed these posters for use around the world during this year's World No Tobacco Day on 31 May. For this year's campaign, 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.

News

  • 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

  • 27 May 2016

    World No Tobacco Day 2016 awards - the winners

    Every year, WHO recognizes individuals or organizations in each of the six WHO Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control. This recognition takes the form of WHO Director-General Special Recognition Awards, World No Tobacco Day Awards, and in 2016, two WHO Director-General's Special Recognition Certificates.

  • May 2016

    mTobaccoCessation: Mobilizing technology for a smoke-free world

    Treatment of tobacco dependence is a key component of any tobacco control strategy, but only 15% of the global population has access to appropriate cessation support.3 In a new attempt to expand access to tobacco cessation services, WHO has been helping countries set up and scale up national tobacco cessation programmes that provide quit support using a mobile phone.

  • 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.
  • 27-29 April 2016

    First technical consultation on tobacco product testing and disclosure

    WHO will be holding a technical consultation and capacity building to assist countries who need technical support as they advance their work on tobacco product testing and disclosure. This technical consultation on tobacco product testing and disclosure will be held on 27-29 April 2016 in New Delhi, India and will be hosted by the Directorate General of Health Services (Dte GHS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) of the Government of India.

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