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The Union is supporting volunteers working for the smokefree Olympics in Sochi with an online training course about tobacco-free sporting environments, including communications skills on how to interact with violators of the ban.

The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and other international health experts monitoring the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement negotiations taking place this week are urging governments to be mindful of the relationship between international trade agreements and national public health policies.

Members and staff from The Union joined tobacco control experts and advocates from throughout the Asia Pacific region to call on Indonesia, the fifth largest tobacco market in the world, to ratify the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and begin implementing key tobacco control policies.

A new study published in Tobacco Control shows that introducing a full range of demand-reduction tobacco control policies in Russia would save up to 3.7 million lives by 2055.

Credit : Matthieu Zellweger 2013

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.

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