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Bangladesh's distinctive approach to tobacco control policy enforcement may offer a sustainable and flexible model for other countries, new Union research suggests.

 

Brazil has stepped up its fight against tobacco-related diseases by tightening the tobacco control legislation that has contributed to a 300 percent drop in the number of smokers between 1989 and 2013. The new regulations are aimed at continuing this decline in a country that still has 24 million smokers – 80 percent of whom began to smoke as teenagers.

 

The Government of China, the world's most populous nation, has drawn up a tobacco control law, which, if adopted in full, will reduce smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke on a staggering scale. As China's State Council gathers public opinion on the proposed law during the next month, an historic victory for public health could be in the making. China's 1.4 billion citizens have until 24 December to speak up in support of the proposal.

 

One of the world's smallest countries, Nepal, has taken a large step toward combating tobacco-related disease this week. Ninety percent of the surface area of all tobacco packaging must now be covered with harrowing images designed to warn consumers of the health consequences of tobacco use. The new law is the most stringent of any country, surpassing that passed by India three weeks ago, which requires 85% coverage.

 

Factsheets offering technical information on key areas of tobacco control policy development and implementation have been updated and released at The Union’s World Lung Conference in Barcelona.

 

Tobacco packaging in India will display graphic health warnings across 85 percent of display surfaces, thanks to new measures announced by Dr Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Health, on 15 October.

 

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