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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

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.

Needs assessment for the implementation of the WHO FCTC in Mongolia

Needs Assessment for the implementation of the WHO FCTC, 7-12 September 2015 in Ulan Bator, Mongolia
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Needs Assessment for the implementation of the WHO FCTC, 7-12 September 2015 in Ulan Bator, Mongolia

7-12 September 2015 – In Mongolia, an early party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), almost half of Mongolian men and one in five boys, 13-15 years old, smoke tobacco. At the request of the Government of Mongolia, a Needs Assessment for the implementation of the WHO FCTC was conducted in Ulan Bator, Mongolia by the Convention Secretariat of the WHO FCTC jointly with the Ministry of Health, also with participation of the WHO Tobacco Free Initiative. The mission emphasized the importance of ensuring protection of all people in the country from exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke by eliminating the designated smoking areas from the indoor public places and workplaces. The cost-effectiveness of increasing tobacco prices in Mongolia, through excise taxes up to the level recommended by the WHO, have been highlighted.

WHO European Region Member States commit to denormalizing tobacco

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Copenhagen and Vilnius, 17 September 2015 -- Ministers of health from the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region signed up to a roadmap that will make it possible for coming generations to make tobacco a thing of the past. The roadmap was presented to the 65th session of the Regional Committee for Europe in Vilnius, Lithuania.

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180Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (New Party: Zimbabwe)

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40 countriesmust ratify or accede to the Illicit Trade Protocol for it to become international law

Ratification of the Protocol

1 in every 10cigarettes and many tobacco products consumed worldwide are illegal

Illegal trade of tobacco products: What you should know to stop it


  • 6 September 2015

    South-East Asia countries pledge tough action against tobacco

    Tobacco kills 150 people every hour in the WHO South-East Asia Region. Concerned at the unacceptably high tobacco consumption, Health Minister from 11 countries today signed a declaration pledging to accelerate hard-hitting measures to reduce tobacco use.

  • 31 August 2015

    WHO welcomes introduction of new tobacco advertising changes in China

    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.

  • 27-29 July 2015

    National training workshop on combatting tobacco use

    At the request of the Ministry of Health of Iraq and members of the Parliament, the World Health Organization (WHO) through its Country Office in Iraq closely with the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office and Headquarters organized a National Training Workshop on Combating Tobacco Use. The participants together with WHO and international experts reviewed the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) in Iraq, with a focus on the best buy measures to reduce tobacco.

  • 13 July 2015

    The economic and health benefits of tobacco taxation

    The publication "Economic and Health Benefits of Tobacco Taxation’, produced by the World Health Organization and the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, highlights the importance of tobacco control in the post-2015 development agenda, and the potential for higher taxes on tobacco products to act as a large funding source for governments.

  • 10 July 2015

    WHO lays out plans for financing new global health goal: to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

    WHO urges countries to move towards universal health coverage and to scale up international investment in catalytic development funding.

  • 7 July 2015

    WHO: Stepped up government tax action needed to curb tobacco epidemic

    Too few governments levy appropriate levels of tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products. They therefore miss out on a proven, low-cost measure to curb demand for tobacco, save lives and generate funds for stronger health services, according to the "WHO Report on the global tobacco epidemic 2015".

  • 7 July 2015

    We can beat the tobacco epidemic

    Joint commentary by Dr Oleg Chestnov, WHO Assistant Director-General, Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health, and Dr Tim Evans, Senior Director, Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice, The World Bank Group

  • 9 June 2015

    WHO and the WHO FCTC Convention Secretariat hail Canadian class actions against tobacco companies

    The World Health Organization and the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control congratulates plaintiffs participating in two major class action lawsuits in Canada against three tobacco companies, which have been found responsible for not warning people of the harms associated with tobacco use.

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