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The government of El Salvador has launched a two-year collaboration with The Union to step up its implementation of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). The strategic partnership aims to expedite reductions in tobacco use by developing a national tobacco control policy, strengthening tobacco control legislation, and promoting tobacco tax reform.

In a landmark victory for tobacco control and public health, Brazil’s Supreme Court of Justice has rejected a constitutional challenge from the tobacco industry against a resolution from the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) that banned all flavoured additives in tobacco products.

The finale of British American Tobacco Bangladesh’s [BATB] student competition ‘Battle of Minds 2017’ lost its guest of honour, Mayor Sayeed Khokon at the eleventh hour. He pulled out following pressure from civil society organisations that highlighted that the event was a promotional stunt targeting young people with pro-tobacco messaging.

The Union has today published its official position statement on the new generation of tobacco products – heat-not-burn (HNB) – which are now being aggressively marketed by the tobacco industry as ‘lower risk’ products.

The 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, 7-9 March 2018, announced today the participation of WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, South Africa Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and Michael R. Bloomberg, a leading actor on tobacco control and the WHO Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs).

The Union welcomes today’s announcement from BNP Paribas that it is ending all business with firms whose principal activity is linked to tobacco – including producers, wholesalers and traders whose core revenues are from tobacco.

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