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

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24 December 2014 -- Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

For World No Tobacco Day 2015, we are calling on countries to work together to end the illicit trade of tobacco products.

From many angles, the illicit trade of tobacco products is a major global concern, including health, legal and economic, governance and corruption.

WHO Bulletin: Countries vindicate cautious stance on e-cigarettes

Dr Armando Peruga, Programme Manager of WHO's Tobacco Free Initiative
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Dr Armando Peruga, Programme Manager of WHO's Tobacco Free Initiative

1 December 2014 - - In the December edition of the WHO Bulletin, Dr Armando Peruga, Programme Manager of WHO's Tobacco Free Initiative, explains why countries signed up to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control have embraced controversial WHO proposals to regulate electronic cigarettes.

Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control will meet in Moscow for the sixth time

7 October 2014 -- On 13 October the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP6) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) will open in Moscow, Russian Federation and will last six days. The COP is the governing body of the Convention, which meets regularly to review implementation of the Convention and takes the decisions necessary to promote its effective implementation.

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The world's solution

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

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Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)

63%of all deaths are caused by NCDs, for which tobacco use is one of the greatest risk factors

WHO global status report on NCDs

Tobacco’s toll

> 600 000people die each year from exposure to second-hand smoke

Read the tobacco fact sheet