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More than one million Filipinos have quit tobacco use

WHO/F.Lazaro
Panel members at the press conference include Finance Assistance Secretary Maria Teresa Habitan, Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial, WHO Philippine Representative Weiler Gundo and Dr Jean Tesche, of the WHO Headquarters Tobacco Control Economics Unit

MANILA, 20 MARCH 2017 - The Philippine Department of Health (DOH) said on Monday, March 20 that a number of tobacco control interventions, particularly tobacco taxation has led to a significant drop in current smokers from 17 million (2009) to 15.9 million (2015). The Tobacco Tax Reform Law of 2012 was also called an “anti-cancer tax” that has a significant health outcome and has increased funds available for health.

Tobacco control: saving lives and driving development

WHO/Y. Shimizu

Geneva , 28 February 2017 - Tobacco use poses an unparalleled health and economic burden worldwide. But a new study by the US National Cancer Institute and WHO, titled The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control, shows highly cost-effective measures exist to control the health and economic impacts of tobacco that pose no harm to economies and, in turn, save lives and generate financial gains for communities and governments.

World No Tobacco Day 2017 awards - call for nominations

WHO/J. Holmes

3 February 2017 -- The World Health Organization is calling for nominations to the World No Tobacco Day 2017 Awards of individuals or organizations in each of the six WHO Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control.

New report: Tobacco control can save billions of dollars and millions of lives

10 January 2017 -- Policies to control tobacco use, including tobacco tax and price increases, can generate significant government revenues for health and development work, according to The economics of tobacco and tobacco control from WHO and the National Cancer Institute of the United States of America. Such measures can also greatly reduce tobacco use and protect people’s health from the world’s leading killers, like cancers and heart disease. But left unchecked, the tobacco industry and the deadly impact of its products cost the world’s economies more than US$ 1 trillion annually in healthcare expenditures and lost productivity.

New tobacco control investment supports MPOWER roll-out

5 December 2016 –- WHO welcomes today's announcement from Bloomberg Philanthropies on a new commitment of $360 million for the global fight against tobacco. Since 2006 WHO has been a core partner in what remains a unique effort by Bloomberg Philanthropies to reduce deaths and disability related to tobacco use by promoting tobacco policy control in key areas. WHO works with Bloomberg, governments and international partners to introduce and enforce laws, policy and surveillance around tobacco control. To date, the combined work has successfully supported policy work in 59 countries, reaching nearly 3.5 billion people and saving an estimated 30 million lives.

The missing O: Scaling up tobacco cessation in India using mobile technology

3 October 2016 -- Quitting tobacco is difficult. But innovative measures to help people kick the habit, such as a mobile phone-based initiative in India, are vital to ending the tobacco epidemic.

In India every year, an estimated 1 million people die from tobacco-related illnesses, all of which could have been avoided by stopping tobacco use.

News

  • March 2017

    The Tobacco Economy – Holding Back President Xi’s Vision of a Modern China

    On Wednesday, March 1st, the city of Shanghai becomes the latest municipality in China, following Beijing and Shenzhen, to launch a 100% smoke-free policy in public places and work spaces. Some 60 million people – a number larger than many countries – living in in these cities can now enjoy smoke-free public places.

  • February 2017

    • Slovenian National Assembly passes strong tobacco control law
      Slovenia’s National Assembly unanimously adopted a new tobacco control law on 15 February 2017. The law transposes the European Union Tobacco Products Directive and includes measures such as plain packaging, a ban on smoking in private cars in the presence of minors, licensing to sell tobacco products, a display ban at the point of sale and an increase and earmarking of excise tax.
  • 23 January 2017

    WHO and European Respiratory Society form a new collaboration to support tobacco cessation training

    WHO and European Respiratory Society (ERS) have recently initiated a new joint project on tobacco cessation training. Under this successive 3-year project (2016-2019), ERS will provide financial and technical resources to support WHO’s training activities for building capacity of WHO Member States to provide tobacco cessation interventions to all patients with respiratory diseases in primary care settings.

  • 31 May 2017

    World No Tobacco Day 2017: Tobacco - a threat to development

    The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is "Tobacco – a threat to development." The campaign will: demonstrate the threats that the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of all countries, including the health and economic well-being of their citizens; and propose measures that governments and the public should take to promote health and development by confronting the global tobacco crisis.

  • 6 April 2016

    WHO to use the documentary titled “Addiction Incorporated” in its Global Fight Against Tobacco

    “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.

  • 1 April 2016

    • WHO Bulletin: Modelling the impact of raising tobacco taxes on public health and finance
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      A new article on tobacco taxation has been published in the April issue of the WHO Bulletin. The article explores and quantifies the potential for tobacco taxation to contribute to the 2030 agenda for sustainable development by reducing tobacco use, saving lives and generating tax revenues – which in turn can help create the fiscal space required by governments throughout the world to finance their development priorities.

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