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A significant gap often exists between tobacco control laws as they are written and the way they are enforced on the street. To help countries improve the implementation of their laws, The Union has developed Smokefree implementation and enforcement, a new 5-day coursethat was recently piloted in Bangladesh.

"Monitor" is the M of the MPOWER tobacco control measures recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), and this month The Union and the US Centers for Diseases Control (CDC) launched a survey to track the impact of tobacco control policies in 12 Chinese cities.

On 31 May 2013, World No Tobacco Day, The Union joined its global partners to call for bans on tobacco advertising promotion and sponsorship (TAPS). Bans on TAPS have been shown to reduce tobacco consumption by an average of seven percent.

A new report released on 10 july in panama city by the world health organization (who) shows that one-third of the world's population – 2.3 billion people – are now covered by at least one life-saving policy measure to curb tobacco use. This is more than twice the global population covered by a key tobacco control measure when who released their initial report on the global tobacco epidemic report five years ago in 2008.

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.

With its new strong tobacco control law going into effect as of 1 June, Russia is poised to become a leader in the global fight against smoking – but how can the law be enforced? How, in a country where one-third of the people smoke and some 80% are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke? These are the challenging questions that face the National Ministry of Health team and others across the country charged with enforcement. A recent Union workshop gave them both the tools – and confidence – that they will need to succeed.

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