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  • Pakistan Supreme Court upholds ban on advertising tobacco products

    Following a protracted legal battle, Pakistan’s Supreme Court has upheld 2014’s law banning all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship – a victory in the campaign to reduce tobacco use. Implementation of this legislation had been delayed after a legal challenge from Philip Morris Pakistan.

  • 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.

  • Union achiever: Dr Fouad Aslam - building collaborative networks to advance tobacco control

    ‘We know that we are making significant progress because the tobacco industry has really stepped up its game, challenging everything we do,’ says Dr Fouad Aslam, The Union’s focal point for tobacco control in Pakistan. The country’s high and Supreme Court dockets currently feature a raft of cases contesting strong new policies proven to reduce tobacco use.

  • Tobacco control advocates take Pakistan government to court for reneging on 85% graphic health warnings

    Civil society groups in Pakistan have issued a high court petition to prevent the Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination from withdrawing life-saving legislation to reduce tobacco use. The new law – which was due to come into force on 31 July – required 85 per cent of the surface area of all tobacco packaging to be covered with harrowing photos of the health consequences of smoking.

  • Newsweek Pakistan forced to apologise for love song to the Marlboro Man

    TheNetwork for Consumer Protection has won a judgment against Newsweek Pakistan for publishing an article that both implicitly and explicitly promoted tobacco use and the use of Phillip Morris products. In the opinion of the Inquiry Commission of the Press Council of Pakistan, this violated the country’s Ethical Code of Practice.

  • Union expert joins Pakistan’s technical working group on tobacco taxation

    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.

  • World Conference on Tobacco or Health scholarship applications now being accepted

    A scholarship programme supporting the participation of delegates from low- and middle-income countries in theWorld Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) is now open for applications. More than 3,000 delegates are expected to attend the event, which will be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE from 17 to 21 March 2015.  The world’s largest tobacco control conference, WCTOH is held every three years and will focus in 2015 on the theme of “Tobacco control and non-communicable diseases (NCDs)”. 

  • Pakistan: new study demonstrates how tobacco tax reform could lead to 500,000 quitting cigarettes, and increase tax revenues by 27.2 billion rupees

    A new report published by The Union shows that the introduction of a uniform specific tax accounting for 70% of Pakistan's average cigarette price could lead to half a million smokers quitting, and reduce premature deaths among adult smokers by over 180,000. At the same time more than 27 billion rupees (US $277 million) would be generated in new cigarette tax revenues. Pakistan currently has one of the largest populations of tobacco users in the world, with over 22 million adults smoking tobacco.

  • Plenary submission deadline extended for World Conference on Tobacco or Health

    The deadline for plenary and symposium proposals for the 16th Tobacco Or Health conference has been extended until 15 May 2014.

    Ideas for sessions in the scientific programme on subjects such as governance, policy, advocacy and research are welcome. The conference is being held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 17 - 21 2015. The theme is 'Tobacco and Non-Communicable Diseases'.

  • The Union closes its office in Cairo

    As of 30 June 2013, The Union Middle East Office in Cairo, Egypt will close; however, support for tobacco control partners in the Middle East will continue through the Department of Tobacco Control and local consultants. Other Union activities related to tuberculosis and lung health, as well as the work of members of The Union Middle East Region, will not be affected.

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