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The contentious issue of e-cigarettes or ENDs [electronic nicotine delivery systems] was tackled in several sessions at this weeks’ World Conference on Tobacco or Health.

 

Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, launched her keynote speech on tobacco control and non-communicable diseases at WCTOH, with the words of a current Marlboro campaign: ‘Don’t be a maybe’ -- urging decisive action against the tobacco industry.

 

Michael R Bloomberg and Bill Gates will support countries facing tobacco industry law suits

Michael R Bloomberg and Bill Gates announced the launch of the Anti-Tobacco Trade Litigation Fund at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. The Fund is a new joint effort to combat the tobacco industry’s use of international trade agreements to threaten and prevent countries from passing strong tobacco-control laws.

 

Youth conference calls for zero tolerance of tobacco marketing targeting young people

Youth conference delegates called on ministries of health and tobacco control experts to declare zero tolerance for tobacco industry marketing targeting young people, during the Inaugural Ceremony of the 16thWorld Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) being held in Abu Dhabi on 17-21 March 2015.

 

Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al-Nahayan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, The World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) will officially open on Tuesday with an address by His Highness at the Inaugural Ceremony at 19:00 GST. The conference is being held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in Abu Dhabi, UAE from 17-21 March 2015.

 

The only international health treaty -- drawn up to prevent the suffering and premature death caused by tobacco use -- came into force ten years ago on February 27.

Ten years on, and just ten percent of the world's nations have not yet committed to the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) -- an internationally coordinated strategy to reduce tobacco use.

 

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