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World No Tobacco Day 2017 awards - call for nominations

WHO/J. Holmes

3 February 2017 -- The World Health Organization is calling for nominations to the World No Tobacco Day 2017 Awards of individuals or organizations in each of the six WHO Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control.

New report: Tobacco control can save billions of dollars and millions of lives

10 January 2017 -- Policies to control tobacco use, including tobacco tax and price increases, can generate significant government revenues for health and development work, according to The economics of tobacco and tobacco control from WHO and the National Cancer Institute of the United States of America. Such measures can also greatly reduce tobacco use and protect people’s health from the world’s leading killers, like cancers and heart disease. But left unchecked, the tobacco industry and the deadly impact of its products cost the world’s economies more than US$ 1 trillion annually in healthcare expenditures and lost productivity.

New tobacco control investment supports MPOWER roll-out

5 December 2016 –- WHO welcomes today's announcement from Bloomberg Philanthropies on a new commitment of $360 million for the global fight against tobacco. Since 2006 WHO has been a core partner in what remains a unique effort by Bloomberg Philanthropies to reduce deaths and disability related to tobacco use by promoting tobacco policy control in key areas. WHO works with Bloomberg, governments and international partners to introduce and enforce laws, policy and surveillance around tobacco control. To date, the combined work has successfully supported policy work in 59 countries, reaching nearly 3.5 billion people and saving an estimated 30 million lives.

The missing O: Scaling up tobacco cessation in India using mobile technology

3 October 2016 -- Quitting tobacco is difficult. But innovative measures to help people kick the habit, such as a mobile phone-based initiative in India, are vital to ending the tobacco epidemic.

In India every year, an estimated 1 million people die from tobacco-related illnesses, all of which could have been avoided by stopping tobacco use.

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.

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  • 23 January 2017

    WHO and European Respiratory Society form a new collaboration to support tobacco cessation training

    WHO and European Respiratory Society (ERS) have recently initiated a new joint project on tobacco cessation training. Under this successive 3-year project (2016-2019), ERS will provide financial and technical resources to support WHO’s training activities for building capacity of WHO Member States to provide tobacco cessation interventions to all patients with respiratory diseases in primary care settings.

  • 31 May 2017

    World No Tobacco Day 2017: Tobacco - a threat to development

    The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is "Tobacco – a threat to development." The campaign will: demonstrate the threats that the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of all countries, including the health and economic well-being of their citizens; and propose measures that governments and the public should take to promote health and development by confronting the global tobacco crisis.

  • 3-4 October 2016

    WHO meeting on tobacco tax harmonization: lessons learnt from regional/economic blocks

    The meeting gathered 35 participants with representatives from the Ministries of Health, Finance and Economy of the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU: Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and the Russian Federation). Representatives from the World Bank, the European Commission, academia (University of Macedonia and Centre for Economic and Financial Research) as well as an NGO (Confederation of Consumers Associations of Russia) participated in the meeting as well.

  • 22 September 2016

    Beating cardiovascular disease

    A new initiative from WHO and partners, the Global Hearts Initiative, has been launched to respond to the world’s leading cause of death, cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes. Scaling up tobacco control, reducing salt consumption and strengthening primary health care services to reduce cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol are the focuses of the Global Hearts Initiative.

  • 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

  • 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.

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