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WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2015

Global launch of the WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2015 in WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific, Manila, Philippines, 7 July 2015
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Global launch of the WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2015 in WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific, Manila, Philippines, 7 July 2015

7 July 2015 --WHO launches the WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2015, the fifth in a series of periodic reports about the extent and character of the tobacco epidemic and measures to stop it. This report has a particular focus on tobacco taxation and in-depth analyses of tobacco taxes in all WHO Member States, allowing for a more detailed understanding of progress and future challenges in this area.

New comprehensive smoke-free law protects 20 million people in Beijing, China

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WHO China

From 1 June 2015, all indoor public places in Beijing, China’s capital city, are required by law to be 100 per cent smoke-free. This includes all indoor workplaces, restaurants and bars, hotels, airports, and public transport facilities. Many outdoor public places, such as some kindergarten and hospital campuses, will also be required to be smoke-free. The law also bans tobacco advertising in mass media, public places, outdoors, and on public transport.

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

WHO poster on World No Tobacco Day 2015

15 April 2015 -- One in every 10 cigarettes, and many other tobacco products, consumed worldwide are illegal, making the illicit trade of tobacco products a major global concern from many perspectives, including health, legal, economic, governance and corruption. The tobacco industry and criminal groups are among those who profit from the illegal tobacco trade, leaving the public to pay the health and security costs. Ratification by governments of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products is necessary to respond to the financial, legal and health impacts of the illicit trade of tobacco products. The public, academia and other sectors can take action by urging their lawmakers to make their countries Parties to the Protocol.

Tobacco use declining, but more effort needed

15 March 2015 -- New data show a declining rate of tobacco use and an increase in numbers of non-smokers. But governments must intensify action to combat the tobacco industry and dramatically reduce consumption of tobacco products to, in turn, protect public health, according to WHO.

Non-smoking is becoming the new norm worldwide, according to a new online WHO Global Report on Trends in Tobacco Smoking, launched today during the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) which opened yesterday in Abu Dhabi and ends on 21 March. The conference is focusing on tobacco control and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), namely lung and heart diseases, cancers and diabetes.

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  • 13 July 2015

    The economic and health benefits of tobacco taxation

    The publication "Economic and Health Benefits of Tobacco Taxation’, produced by the World Health Organization and the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, highlights the importance of tobacco control in the post-2015 development agenda, and the potential for higher taxes on tobacco products to act as a large funding source for governments.

  • 10 July 2015

    WHO lays out plans for financing new global health goal: to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

    WHO urges countries to move towards universal health coverage and to scale up international investment in catalytic development funding.

  • 7 July 2015

    WHO: Stepped up government tax action needed to curb tobacco epidemic

    Too few governments levy appropriate levels of tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products. They therefore miss out on a proven, low-cost measure to curb demand for tobacco, save lives and generate funds for stronger health services, according to the "WHO Report on the global tobacco epidemic 2015".

  • 7 July 2015

    We can beat the tobacco epidemic

    Joint commentary by Dr Oleg Chestnov, WHO Assistant Director-General, Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health, and Dr Tim Evans, Senior Director, Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice, The World Bank Group

  • 9 June 2015

    WHO and the WHO FCTC Convention Secretariat hail Canadian class actions against tobacco companies

    The World Health Organization and the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control congratulates plaintiffs participating in two major class action lawsuits in Canada against three tobacco companies, which have been found responsible for not warning people of the harms associated with tobacco use.

  • 28 May 2015

    WHO calls for action against illicit tobacco trade on World No Tobacco Day

    Eliminating the illicit trade in tobacco would generate an annual tax windfall of US$ 31 billion for governments, improve public health, help cut crime and curb an important revenue source for the tobacco industry. Those are the key themes of World No Tobacco Day on 31 May when WHO will urge Member States to sign the "Protocol to Eliminate the Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products".

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