The Department of Tobacco Control is now assessing the final set of grant proposals under Phase 1 of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use.
Phase 1 of this programme began in 2007 and will end at the close of this year. Over the last ten years the department has worked with 43 countries, managing 323 grants with governments and civil society organisations to achieve national policies proven to reduce tobacco use and to strengthen national tobacco control systems to effectively implement these.
Achievements include: smoke-free laws in 35 countries, protecting 3.33 billion people; tobacco advertising bans in 28 countries, protecting 2.82 billion people; graphic health warnings on tobacco packaging in 25 countries, covering 2.98 billion people; higher tobacco taxes in 13 countries, impacting 2.4 billion people.
Phase 2 of the grants programme is anticipated to launch in December 2016.