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  • Union Achiever: Daouda Adam - a consumer rights advocate mobilised for tobacco control in Africa

    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].

  • World Cancer Day, 4 February 2016: highlighting the danger of waterpipes

    Long popular in Africa, South East Asia and the Middle East, shisha or water pipes are increasingly popular in other regions – despite the risk for cancer that they pose to both smokers and those exposed to second-hand smoke.

  • New data from highly polluted cities indicate air quality inside venues where people smoke is worse than outdoors

    Research carried out in six cities with dangerous levels of air pollution indicates that air quality inside venues that allow smoking is even worse than outdoors. The study, published today in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, was co-authored by tobacco control experts at the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

  • Conference plenary: Taxing health-harming products and creating health promotion funds

    The third plenary of the Union World Conference on Lung Health 2015, explored how governments are innovating to transform under-funded areas of public health through taxing products that harm health, and earmarking these increased revenues for specific programmes.

  • Experts review Africa’s progress on tax measures to reduce tobacco use

    Economists and public health experts met to discuss how far tax mechanisms are being used across Africa to reduce tobacco consumption. The central African region was a focus.

    The three-hour special session gathered attendees from 10 countries. Its purpose was to highlight best practice, assess impact and consider how to expedite the progress of this tobacco control measure.

  • New tactics to tackle tobacco industry interference announced at 46th Union conference

    New tools to combat tobacco industry strategies that undermine and delay public health policy were announced at a working group meeting for Union members at the annual conference. Preventing industry interference is one of the most complex, but important elements of any tobacco control programme – this working group offers members support to develop these measures.

  • Tobacco control at the 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health

    Cape Town, South Africa, is hosting The Union’s annual gathering of lung health experts from around the globe. Several thousand delegates are expected to attend during the course of the event, which runs until 6 December. Tobacco control will be a focus area at the conference.

  • Uganda passes tobacco control law in line with the world’s most stringent policies

    The Ugandan Parliament passed a law today that brings Uganda into line with the strongest tobacco control policies around the world. This ground-breaking law will secure some of the toughest restrictions on the distribution, sale and use of tobacco products currently in place and position Uganda as one of the leaders in tobacco control in the region.

  • Graphic health warnings for all tobacco products in Burkina Faso

    Graphic images of the health harms caused by tobacco use will now cover 60% of the surface area of all tobacco packs in Burkina Faso.

    The Ministry of Health and Ministry of Commerce signed the new legislation on April 7. It will come into force in April 2016.

  • Chad - Africa's strongest graphic health warnings

    Chad has passed a new law requiring all tobacco packaging to carry graphic health warnings across 70% of the surface area. When it comes into force in nine months, Chad will have the strongest GHW law in Africa. The Union provided technical and financial support for this project.

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