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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.


The Union has issued the following statement in response to reports in the UK media that one of the largest tobacco companies in the world, Philip Morris International, claims to want a smoke-free England by 2040:


This week Uruguay’s government submitted a bill for plain tobacco packaging to Congress. Once passed, the country will have the world’s most comprehensive set of restrictions on tobacco branding, and its associated marketing benefits. The tobacco industry are already limited by the ‘single presentation’ regulation – which means tobacco companies can only sell one variant within its brand family.


The government of Bangladesh has secured sustainable funding for tobacco control and non-communicable disease prevention with a new policy to manage funds levied on tobacco products, equivalent to US$ 31 million per year.


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