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The Union is one of 89 organisations, representing global health, medicine, human rights, and consumer protection around the globe who have published an open letter to Philip Morris International (PMI) demanding that they immediately cease production, marketing and sales of cigarettes. The move comes after the Danish Institute of Human Rights conducted an evaluation of PMI and concluded that the company could not meet human rights norms while still selling tobacco products. PMI owns some of the world's most powerful cigarette brands – including Marlboro. Read the letter here.

The WHO FCTC secretariat has selected 15 of the treaty’s 180 Parties as recipients of direct support to governments for tobacco control, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs] 2030 effort. The treaty is integral to the SDGs.

New rules are being drafted for tobacco sales in Himachal Pradesh state which will require all tobacco retailers to be licensed. This will curb sales of loose cigarettes and bidis, making these products less accessible to children.

Union representatives attended the 3rd ICTOH in Jogjakarta 25-27 November. Its goal was to expedite tobacco control work in Indonesia, one of the few countries yet to ratify the WHO FCTC. It has some of the highest smoking rates in the world.

A workshop on implementation of MPOWER policies was held from 4-6 October in Dhaka, Bangladesh, organised by The Union. 25 participants attended from government departments, NGOs, media and academic institutions.

Members of the Department and The Union China Office attended the Asia Pacific Conference on Tobacco or Health in Beijing, 23–25 September. Graphic health warnings, plain packaging, smoke-free environments, and tobacco taxes were covered in sessions. 

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