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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

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.

Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control will meet in Moscow for the sixth time

7 October 2014 -- On 13 October the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP6) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) will open in Moscow, Russian Federation and will last six days. The COP is the governing body of the Convention, which meets regularly to review implementation of the Convention and takes the decisions necessary to promote its effective implementation.

New WHO report on e-cigarettes

New WHO report on e-cigarettes
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Dr Douglas Bettcher, Director WHO Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases

3 September 2014 – The World Health Organization released a new report on 26 August 2014 on e-cigarettes and similar devices upon a request from the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The report calls for regulatory measures to be considered for banning flavours in e-cigarettes, ending their use in indoor workplaces and public places, and restricting their promotion to avoid initiation of non-smokers, youth and pregnant women.

Australia shows the impact of plain packaging

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing
Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

4 August 2014 -- Australian officials announced that the nation’s daily smoking rate, among people aged 14 years and older, declined from 15.1% to 12.8% between 2010 and 2013.

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