CIVIL SOCIETY TAKES A MULTI-PRONGED APPROACH TO PREVENTING TOBACCO INDUSTRY INTERFERENCE IN BANGLADESH
11 April 2017
Civil society organisations in Bangladesh are escalating their mission to prevent tobacco industry interference in public health policy. Despite making good progress in other areas of tobacco control, legal measures are not yet in place to stop tobacco lobbyists from influencing policymakers. Proponents of these preventative measures are making their case through research, advocacy and education nationwide.
Philippines’ government reports smoking rates ‘biggest decline in country’s history’ as new data is released
21 March 2017
The Philippines’ Secretary of Health has announced a significant decline in smoking prevalence as new data this week revealed adult tobacco use had reduced by almost 20 percent between 2009 and 2015. The steep decline – from 29.7 percent in 2009 to 23.8 percent in 2015 – was attributed to the high impact tobacco control policies established and rigorously implemented in the country over the last decade.
Union letter to U.S. Ambassador in Viet Nam questions Embassy’s role in meetings between Philip Morris and Viet Nam government ministers
20 March 2017
The Union joined international calls for the U.S. Ambassador in Viet Nam to reconsider the Embassy’s facilitation of meetings between senior members of Viet Nam’s government and Philip Morris International [PMI] as part of a delegation of U.S. companies organised by the US-ASEAN Business Council.
Bloomberg Initiative partners meet to strategise the next phase of the global effort to reduce tobacco use
01 March 2017
Partners in the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use met in New York to kick off the new phase of this global public health initiative, and to strategise next steps for reducing tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries with the largest populations of smokers. Increasing tobacco tax and protecting policymaking from tobacco industry interference were set as top priorities for the next six years of the Bloomberg Initiative [BI].
A message from The Union's Executive Director on World Cancer Day
03 February 2017
As people around the globe unite to mark World Cancer Day on 4 February, it is a timely moment to refresh our collective commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals. Just over a year ago members of the United Nations committed, for the first time, to reducing non-communicable diseases [NCDs] – cancer, cardiovascular disease, strokes, diabetes and chronic lung disease.
Union Achiever: Daouda Adam - a consumer rights advocate mobilised for tobacco control in Africa
01 February 2017
At last year’s global forum for progressing tobacco control, Daouda Adam was nominated by his peers to represent the interests and concerns of the Africa region. Preventing tobacco industry interference was the key issue he presented, on behalf of the 30 African nations that attended the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties [COP 7] for the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control [WHO FCTC].
Georgia’s tobacco tax reform built through multi-stakeholder collaboration
23 January 2017
Georgia’s Ministries of Health, Finance and Agriculture have worked together to reform tobacco tax, and have committed to reaching European Union required levels within ten years.
More than 20 million people protected from second-hand smoke as Shenzhen city, China, goes smoke-free
11 January 2017
China’s fourth most populous city, Shenzhen, is now 100 percent smoke-free after a law banning smoking in all indoor public places came into full force on 1 January 2017.
New monograph: tobacco control to protect health and economies
10 January 2017
Strategic use of economic policies proven to reduce tobacco use can save money, as well as lives, concludes a new monograph The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control, published by the National Cancer Institute (USA) and World Health Organization.
Subnational government introduces first licensing scheme for tobacco vendors in Bangladesh – model now proposed for national roll out
16 December 2016
Bangladesh’s first licensing policy for tobacco vendors will be introduced this month throughout the municipality of Jhenaidah, to regulate sales of tobacco products. The scheme closes a significant loophole; although Bangladesh has some strong tobacco control laws, policies such as bans point-of-sale promotion are hard to enforce without a formalised register of vendors.
Asia Pacific policymakers and mayors unite to expedite tobacco control across the region
16 December 2016
Government officials and mayors from the Asia Pacific region who met in Singapore for a two-day tobacco control summit have formed an alliance dedicated to curbing the tobacco epidemic. Representatives from Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia, Timor Leste, Laos and Cambodia met 29–30 November to discuss how best to overcome the considerable challenges to tobacco control in the region – which has some of the highest smoking rates in the world.
Union statement on UN Human Rights Day 2016
09 December 2016
Governments of all 193 UN Member States are obliged to provide citizens with the ‘highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental right of every human being.’ Tobacco use is the single greatest preventable cause of premature death worldwide – as such, governments entrusted with protecting the health of citizens should be unswerving in their commitment to reducing tobacco use in all its forms.