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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.


Dr Harsh Vardhan, India’s Minister of Health and Family Welfare, prioritised meeting with The Union’s tobacco control department during his visit to the World Conference on Lung Health in Barcelona, saying the tobacco epidemic was a prime public health concern.


Since it first opened in 2007, The Union's Tobacco Control Department has been working with governments and NGOs around the world to assist with implementing the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and its MPOWER measures to reduce tobacco consumption.


The Union's Department of Tobacco Control, represented by all regional and country leads, is attending the 6th Session of Conference of Parties (COP6) to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Their role at the meeting in Moscow is to support the governments of all parties to the FCTC to develop and strengthen tobacco control measures through the development of guidelines and protocols for important issues including taxation of tobacco products, illicit trade, alternate livelihoods for tobacco growers and electronic cigarettes. The discussions and negotiations will continue until, Saturday 18 October 2014.


A scholarship programme supporting the participation of delegates from low- and middle-income countries in theWorld Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) is now open for applications. More than 3,000 delegates are expected to attend the event, which will be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE from 17 to 21 March 2015.  The world’s largest tobacco control conference, WCTOH is held every three years and will focus in 2015 on the theme of “Tobacco control and non-communicable diseases (NCDs)”. 


After a battle almost five years long, Indonesia's law on tobacco pack health warnings has finally been implemented – pictorial health warnings must now feature across 40 per cent of the front and back of all tobacco packaging.


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