Union representatives attended the 3rd ICTOH in Jogjakarta 25-27 November. Its goal was to expedite tobacco control work in Indonesia, one of the few countries yet to ratify the WHO FCTC. It has some of the highest smoking rates in the world.
A workshop on implementation of MPOWER policies was held from 4-6 October in Dhaka, Bangladesh, organised by The Union. 25 participants attended from government departments, NGOs, media and academic institutions.
Members of the Department and The Union China Office attended the Asia Pacific Conference on Tobacco or Health in Beijing, 23–25 September. Graphic health warnings, plain packaging, smoke-free environments, and tobacco taxes were covered in sessions.
Pictorial warnings covering 55 percent of the front and back of tobacco packs are now mandatory in Cambodia, despite resistance and delay tactics from the tobacco industry. The legislation came into force on July 22.
A workshop on preventing tobacco industry interference will be run by The Union's Latin America team next month. Government officials from Mexico, Uruguay, Bolivia, Argentina and Paraguay are expected to attend.
Bangladeshi ministers have finalised draft policies for a Health Promotion Foundation, agreeing finance mechanisms and tobacco control plans. A new course on sustainable funds for tobacco control was held in Dhaka last January.