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WHO Framework Convention celebrates 10 years action against tobacco

Geneva, 26 February 2015 - Tomorrow marks 10 years since the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control came into being. Since then it has been endorsed by 180 Parties, covering 90% of the world’s population and “stands out as the single most powerful preventive instrument available to public health,” according to Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. “We know it works. It averts addiction to a deadly product.”

First global consultation on the role of e/mHealth in TB and tobacco control opens today

Geneva, 25 February 2015 -- Over ninety representatives from countries, technical agencies, financing partners, the corporate sector as well as civil society, are meeting together in Geneva over the next two days for a first-ever consultation on the role of electronic and mobile health (e/mHealth) interventions in TB and tobacco control. This consultation has been organized by the World Health Organization's (WHO) Global TB Programme and Department for the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases with the European Respiratory Society (ERS).

World No Tobacco Day 2015 awards - call for nominations

Geneva, 30 January 2015 - The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for nominations to the World No Tobacco Day 2015 Awards of individuals or organizations in each of the six WHO Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, 5 March 2015.

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

Geneva, 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.

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The world's solution

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

See the list of Parties

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