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Over the past decade, The Union's Department of Tobacco Control has focused its work on policies proven to have the greatest population-level impacts for reducing tobacco use. We assist governments and NGOs to implement the World Health Organization's MPOWER, a package of six practical measures designed to help countries implement effective tobacco control, which are projected to avert nearly 7.5 million smoking-attributed deaths by the year 2050.


The Union Board of Directors is pleased to announce that ACC Liverpool in Liverpool, UK has been chosen to host the 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health in 2016.

The event is the premier annual international conference for researchers, health programme managers, policy experts, advocates and other leaders working to address tuberculosis, lung health and other global health issues primarily affecting people living in poverty.


The Union’s Department of Tobacco Control is developing a new step-by-step guide for governments tackling the rising pandemic of non-communicable diseases [NCDs], including cancers, chronic lung diseases, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.


Graphic images of the health harms caused by tobacco use will now cover 60% of the surface area of all tobacco packs in Burkina Faso.

The Ministry of Health and Ministry of Commerce signed the new legislation on April 7. It will come into force in April 2016.


On 27 February 2005, the WHO FCTC first came into force. It remains the only legally binding global health treaty.

A high-level plenary at WCTOH gave a snapshot of the world pre-FCTC, a review of progress made over the last decade through MPOWER, and a look forward into the future of tobacco control, in relation to new global development goals and voluntary targets to reduce NCDs.


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.


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The Tobacco Control Department is based at The Union Europe Office, Edinburgh, registered charity no. SC039880
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