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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.

The U.S. Surgeon General today released a report on e-cigarettes, raising ‘serious public health concerns’ about rates of use amongst young people. The report, written and reviewed by more than 150 experts, states that in 2015 one in six high school students in the USA reported using e-cigarettes during the month the study was undertaken.

Tobacco control policies are now a key component of a pilot programme to tackle the escalating rates of non-communicable diseases [NCDs] in China. The goal of the pilot is to standardise an holistic approach to NCDs – reducing population exposure to risk factors; early diagnosis and treatment; and increased health education. 

New funds totalling $360 million have been announced today by Bloomberg Philanthropies, furthering its global initiative to reduce tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries with the largest numbers of smokers. Over the last ten years this strategic programme has changed the trajectory of the global tobacco epidemic by supporting the introduction and implementation of policies proven to reduce tobacco use.

The World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control [WHO FCTC] 7th Conference of the Parties [COP7] met in New Delhi, India, 7 - 12 November. Delegates from 180 countries plus non-governmental organisations with official observer status, including The Union, attended.

Twelve years ago Gustavo Sóñora was hired as legal counsel for Miguel Asqueta, the congressman charged with authoring Uruguay’s first national tobacco control law. The World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control [WHO FCTC] negotiations had just been completed and Uruguay became one of the first countries to ratify the treaty.

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