Tobacco industry interference in public health policy was a theme common to all three presentations in this year’s tobacco control plenary: from the opportunities offered to the industry by e-cigarettes, to lobby groups delaying life-saving health policy in Brazil, to the aggressive targeting of young people in Africa.
China’s state-owned tobacco corporation is rapidly expanding its operations globally. It currently supplies 40 percent of the world’s cigarettes – a figure that is set to grow if current trends continue.
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.
In partnership with Uruguay’s Ministry of Health, The Union delivered an in-depth three-day technical training on tobacco industry interference in public health policymaking for government officials from across Latin America.
Edinburgh, UK, 6 September 2016 – The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease [The Union] has today welcomed the results of a national survey in Vietnam which indicates the start of a downward trend in the numbers of people smoking.
We congratulate Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on his new appointment as the World Health Organization’s Global Ambassador for non-communicable diseases (NCDs). And we congratulate WHO for engaging the active support of so dedicated a public health champion.