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World No Tobacco Day 2018 awards- call for nominations

Geneva, 16 January 2018 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for nominations to the World No Tobacco Day 2018 awards of individuals or organizations in each of the six WHO Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control.

Call for nominations closes on Friday, 9 March 2018, 17:00 GMT.

Seeing Through Big Tobacco’s Smokescreen

December 2017 -- "Enough is enough; at this critical moment, we must not let the momentum slip." Commentary by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Dr Tabaré Ramón Vázquez

WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic 2017

Social Determinants of Health in Thailand
WHO/Diego Rodriguez

19 July 2017 – The WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic 2017 tracks the status of the tobacco epidemic and interventions to combat it. The report focuses on monitoring tobacco use and prevention policies and includes in-depth analyses of monitoring capacity of WHO Member States, allowing a detailed understanding of progress and future challenges in this area.

World No Tobacco Day 2017 awards - the winners

World No Tobacco Day 2017

30 May 2017 -- 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.

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

The theme for World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2017, is "Tobacco - a threat to development". It will propose measures that governments and the public should take to promote health and development by confronting the global tobacco crisis.

Michael Bloomberg receives WHO Medal

Bloomberg Philanthropies

New York, 2 May 2017 -- Honoring his years of service to public health, his commitment to fighting noncommunicable diseases, and his work to reduce preventable injuries, WHO Global Ambassador Michael Bloomberg was awarded the WHO Medal today during a drowning prevention convening led by his foundation.

Tobacco control: saving lives and driving development

WHO/Y. Shimizu

Geneva , 28 February 2017 - Tobacco use poses an unparalleled health and economic burden worldwide. But a new study by the US National Cancer Institute and WHO, titled The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control, shows highly cost-effective measures exist to control the health and economic impacts of tobacco that pose no harm to economies and, in turn, save lives and generate financial gains for communities and governments.

Latest news

  • 31 May 2018

    World No Tobacco Day 2018 - tobacco and heart disease

    Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health and other risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2018 is "Tobacco and heart disease."

  • November 2017

    Tobacco industry admissions should strengthen global resolve on tobacco control

    In major victories for tobacco control efforts, four U.S. tobacco companies are publishing court-ordered “corrective statements” to set the record straight on the dangers of their products, while a major French bank has announced it will divest its interests in the tobacco industry.

  • September 2017

    WHO Statement on Philip Morris funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

    On 13 September 2017, tobacco company Philip Morris International (PMI) announced its support for the establishment of a new entity - the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. PMI indicated that it expects to support the Foundation by contributing approximately USD 80 million annually over the next 12 years.

  • September 2017

    • Tobacco tax reform at the crossroads of health and development
      The World Bank has released its latest tobacco control technical report, with input from WHO. The report details how increasing excise tax rates on tobacco reduces its affordability and lowers its consumption. This underutilized policy measure can simultaneously save millions of lives, reduce poverty, and increase domestic resources for financing development.
  • September 2017

    • Ukraine: 20% reduction in smokers since 2010
      The results of the Global Adult Tobacco Survey released in Ukraine reveal a 20% reduction in smokers over the past 7 years. Following WHO recommendations, Ukraine has strengthened its anti-tobacco legislation, resulting in this reduction in the number of people who smoke.
  • July 2017

    International tribunal orders tobacco company to pay Australia’s costs of the arbitration over tobacco plain packaging

    The International Tribunal that dismissed the investment treaty claim made by Philip Morris Asia in relation to Australia’s introduction of tobacco plain packaging has now ordered that Philip Morris pay a substantial portion of the costs Australia incurred in defending the claim.

  • May 2017

    World No Tobacco Day 2017: Beating tobacco for health, prosperity, the environment and national development

    Action to stamp out tobacco use can help countries prevent millions of people falling ill and dying from tobacco-related disease, combat poverty and, according to a first-ever WHO report, reduce large-scale environmental degradation.

  • March 2017

    The Tobacco Economy – Holding Back President Xi’s Vision of a Modern China

    On Wednesday, March 1st, the city of Shanghai becomes the latest municipality in China, following Beijing and Shenzhen, to launch a 100% smoke-free policy in public places and work spaces. Some 60 million people – a number larger than many countries – living in in these cities can now enjoy smoke-free public places.

  • February 2017

    • Slovenian National Assembly passes strong tobacco control law
      Slovenia’s National Assembly unanimously adopted a new tobacco control law on 15 February 2017. The law transposes the European Union Tobacco Products Directive and includes measures such as plain packaging, a ban on smoking in private cars in the presence of minors, licensing to sell tobacco products, a display ban at the point of sale and an increase and earmarking of excise tax.
  • 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.

  • 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.

Latest publications

World No Tobacco Day 2017 cover
  • Tobacco threatens us all
    The brochure "Tobacco threatens us all", published for World No Tobacco Day 2017, describes how tobacco use has devastating health, social, environmental and economic consequences.

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