Reviewing 10 years of the WHO FCTC at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health
Saturday, 21 March 2015 15:26
On 27 February 2005, the WHO FCTC first came into force. It remains the only legally binding global health treaty. A high-level plenary at WCTOH gave a snapshot of the world pre-FCTC, a review of progress made over the last decade through MPOWER, and a look forward into the future of tobacco control, in relation to new global development goals and voluntary targets to reduce NCDs.
Endgame or ENDs game?
Saturday, 21 March 2015 15:05
The contentious issue of e-cigarettes or ENDs [electronic nicotine delivery systems] was tackled in several sessions at this weeks’ World Conference on Tobacco or Health.
'Don't be a maybe' urges WHO D-G Margaret Chan at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health
Saturday, 21 March 2015 05:38
Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, launched her keynote speech on tobacco control and non-communicable diseases at WCTOH, with the words of a current Marlboro campaign: ‘Don’t be a maybe’ -- urging decisive action against the tobacco industry.
Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launch anti-tobacco trade litigation fund
Friday, 20 March 2015 04:10
Michael R Bloomberg and Bill Gates will support countries facing tobacco industry law suits Michael R Bloomberg and Bill Gates announced the launch of the Anti-Tobacco Trade Litigation Fund at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. The Fund is a new joint effort to combat the tobacco industry’s use of international trade agreements to threaten and prevent countries from passing strong tobacco-control laws.
WCTOH youth conference targets tobacco marketing
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 07:38
Youth conference calls for zero tolerance of tobacco marketing targeting young people Youth conference delegates called on ministries of health and tobacco control experts to declare zero tolerance for tobacco industry marketing targeting young people, during the Inaugural Ceremony of the 16thWorld Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) being held in Abu Dhabi on 17-21 March 2015.
H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, to Serve as Patron of the...
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 09:03
Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al-Nahayan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, The World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) will officially open on Tuesday with an address by His Highness at the Inaugural Ceremony at 19:00 GST. The conference is being held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in Abu Dhabi, UAE from 17-21 March 2015.
The WHO FCTC: saving lives for a decade
Friday, 06 March 2015 12:33
The only international health treaty -- drawn up to prevent the suffering and premature death caused by tobacco use -- came into force ten years ago on February 27. Ten years on, and just ten percent of the world's nations have not yet committed to the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) -- an internationally coordinated strategy to reduce tobacco use.
Union expert joins Pakistan’s technical working group on tobacco taxation
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 10:42
A Union expert has joined Pakistan’s technical working group on tobacco taxation, following the launch of a report co-published by The Union which demonstrated that tobacco tax reform could lead to 500,000 quitting cigarettes, and increase tax revenues by 27.2 billion rupees.
Unique and effective tobacco control taskforces in Bangladesh – a new study by The Union
Thursday, 15 January 2015 18:30
Bangladesh's distinctive approach to tobacco control policy enforcement may offer a sustainable and flexible model for other countries, new Union research suggests.
Brazil acts to further curb smoking with new law
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 10:14
Brazil has stepped up its fight against tobacco-related diseases by tightening the tobacco control legislation that has contributed to a 300 percent drop in the number of smokers between 1989 and 2013. The new regulations are aimed at continuing this decline in a country that still has 24 million smokers – 80 percent of whom began to smoke as teenagers.
China’s proposed national tobacco control law now up for discussion
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 10:13
The Government of China, the world's most populous nation, has drawn up a tobacco control law, which, if adopted in full, will reduce smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke on a staggering scale. As China's State Council gathers public opinion on the proposed law during the next month, an historic victory for public health could be in the making. China's 1.4 billion citizens have until 24 December to speak up in support of the proposal.
90% graphic health warnings now required on tobacco packs in Nepal
Friday, 07 November 2014 09:07
One of the world's smallest countries, Nepal, has taken a large step toward combating tobacco-related disease this week. Ninety percent of the surface area of all tobacco packaging must now be covered with harrowing images designed to warn consumers of the health consequences of tobacco use. The new law is the most stringent of any country, surpassing that passed by India three weeks ago, which requires 85% coverage.