30 May 2016 -- For this year's World No Tobacco Day, WHO and the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control are calling countries to get ready for plain (standardized) packaging of tobacco products. Plain packaging is an important demand reduction measure that reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products, restricts use of tobacco packaging as a form of tobacco advertising and promotion, limits misleading packaging and labelling, and increases the effectiveness of health warnings.
31 May 2016 -- In 2012, Australia became the first country to implement laws requiring plain (standardized) packaging of tobacco products. Since then, France, Ireland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland have passed laws and other countries have initiated legislative processes. This publication describes the purposes of implementing plain packaging as part of a comprehensive approach to tobacco control, the evidence base justifying the measure and developments at the country level, before offering recommendations to countries considering implementing plain packaging.
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.
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
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.
27 May 2016
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, and in 2016, two WHO Director-General's Special Recognition Certificates.
Treatment of tobacco dependence is a key component of any tobacco control strategy, but only 15% of the global population has access to appropriate cessation support.3 In a new attempt to expand access to tobacco cessation services, WHO has been helping countries set up and scale up national tobacco cessation programmes that provide quit support using a mobile phone.
6 April 2016
“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.
27-29 April 2016
WHO will be holding a technical consultation and capacity building to assist countries who need technical support as they advance their work on tobacco product testing and disclosure. This technical consultation on tobacco product testing and disclosure will be held on 27-29 April 2016 in New Delhi, India and will be hosted by the Directorate General of Health Services (Dte GHS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) of the Government of India.