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All public social events in Islamabad must now be smokefree, after city authorities imposed new rules for organisers.

A written commitment to create and maintain a smokefree environment is now part of the application procedure organisers must complete before district administrators can give the go-ahead for an event.


Submissions are now being accepted for the 16th Tobacco Or Health conference to be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 17 - 21 2015.

Ideas for sessions in the scientific programme on subjects such as governance, policy, advocacy and research are welcome. The conference theme is 'Tobacco and Non-Communicable Diseases'.


One of the world's fastest growing cities, Shenzhen in China, introduced new legislation on 1 March 2014 to protect its seven million citizens from the harmful effects of tobacco smoke.


By Dr Ehsan Latif, Director, The Union Tobacco Control Department

The conference was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 9 - 12, and was attended by 533 delegates from ten countries.


Research published today provides critical new insight on the harmful links between smoking tobacco and developing tuberculosis (TB). Regular tobacco smoking doubles the risk that people who have been successfully treated for TB will develop TB again—a condition known as "recurrent" TB. The study is the most robust ever conducted into how smoking tobacco increases the risk of recurrent TB. It appears in the April issue of the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.


A delegation of ministerial public health officials from Russia and China will observe Scotland’s progressive tobacco control laws in action during a three-day visit to the capital, beginning 3 March.

Members of Scottish Government and academics at the University of Edinburgh will share their knowledge of tobacco control policy development and implementation, and healthcare providers, retailers and non-governmental organisations will demonstrate how laws are working on the ground. The delegates’ governments are both currently developing tobacco control legislation to promote public health.


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