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In a landmark victory for tobacco control and public health, Brazil’s Supreme Court of Justice has rejected a constitutional challenge from the tobacco industry against a resolution from the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) that banned all flavoured additives in tobacco products.

 

The finale of British American Tobacco Bangladesh’s [BATB] student competition ‘Battle of Minds 2017’ lost its guest of honour, Mayor Sayeed Khokon at the eleventh hour. He pulled out following pressure from civil society organisations that highlighted that the event was a promotional stunt targeting young people with pro-tobacco messaging.

 

The Union has today published its official position statement on the new generation of tobacco products – heat-not-burn (HNB) – which are now being aggressively marketed by the tobacco industry as ‘lower risk’ products.

 

The 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, 7-9 March 2018, announced today the participation of WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, South Africa Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and Michael R. Bloomberg, a leading actor on tobacco control and the WHO Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs).

 

The Union welcomes today’s announcement from BNP Paribas that it is ending all business with firms whose principal activity is linked to tobacco – including producers, wholesalers and traders whose core revenues are from tobacco.

 

New legislation passed in Singapore on 7 November will increase the legal minimum age a person can buy tobacco products, from 18 to 21. On 1 January 2019 the legal age will be raised to 19, and will increase by an additional year in 2020 and 2021.

 

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