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Smoke-free movies: from evidence to action

1 February 2016 -- Movies showing tobacco products have enticed millions of young people worldwide to start smoking, according to the new WHO "Smoke-free movies: from evidence to action".

WHO calls on governments to take concrete steps to rate movies that portray tobacco use to help stop adolescents from becoming addicted to tobacco. In 2014, smoking was found in 44% of all Hollywood films, and 36% of films rated for young people.

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
WHO Office Mongolia
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

WHO /Sergey Volkov

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


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