More than 20 million people protected from second-hand smoke as Shenzhen city, China, goes smoke-free
11 January 2017
China’s fourth most populous city, Shenzhen, is now 100 percent smoke-free after a law banning smoking in all indoor public places came into full force on 1 January 2017.
New monograph: tobacco control to protect health and economies
10 January 2017
Strategic use of economic policies proven to reduce tobacco use can save money, as well as lives, concludes a new monograph The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control, published by the National Cancer Institute (USA) and World Health Organization.
Subnational government introduces first licensing scheme for tobacco vendors in Bangladesh – model now proposed for national roll out
16 December 2016
Bangladesh’s first licensing policy for tobacco vendors will be introduced this month throughout the municipality of Jhenaidah, to regulate sales of tobacco products. The scheme closes a significant loophole; although Bangladesh has some strong tobacco control laws, policies such as bans point-of-sale promotion are hard to enforce without a formalised register of vendors.
Asia Pacific policymakers and mayors unite to expedite tobacco control across the region
16 December 2016
Government officials and mayors from the Asia Pacific region who met in Singapore for a two-day tobacco control summit have formed an alliance dedicated to curbing the tobacco epidemic. Representatives from Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia, Timor Leste, Laos and Cambodia met 29–30 November to discuss how best to overcome the considerable challenges to tobacco control in the region – which has some of the highest smoking rates in the world.
Union statement on UN Human Rights Day 2016
09 December 2016
Governments of all 193 UN Member States are obliged to provide citizens with the ‘highest attainable standard of health as a fundamental right of every human being.’ Tobacco use is the single greatest preventable cause of premature death worldwide – as such, governments entrusted with protecting the health of citizens should be unswerving in their commitment to reducing tobacco use in all its forms.
The Union welcomes the U.S. Surgeon General's new report on e-cigarettes
08 December 2016
The U.S. Surgeon General today released a report on e-cigarettes, raising ‘serious public health concerns’ about rates of use amongst young people. The report, written and reviewed by more than 150 experts, states that in 2015 one in six high school students in the USA reported using e-cigarettes during the month the study was undertaken.
Tobacco control is now central to the Chinese government’s plans to reduce non-communicable disease
07 December 2016
Tobacco control policies are now a key component of a pilot programme to tackle the escalating rates of non-communicable diseases [NCDs] in China. The goal of the pilot is to standardise an holistic approach to NCDs – reducing population exposure to risk factors; early diagnosis and treatment; and increased health education.
The Union honours Michael R. Bloomberg’s leadership in global tobacco control as $360 million additional funding is announced
05 December 2016
New funds totalling $360 million have been announced today by Bloomberg Philanthropies, furthering its global initiative to reduce tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries with the largest numbers of smokers. Over the last ten years this strategic programme has changed the trajectory of the global tobacco epidemic by supporting the introduction and implementation of policies proven to reduce tobacco use.
The World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control 7th Conference of the Parties highlights tobacco industry tactics
01 December 2016
The World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control [WHO FCTC] 7th Conference of the Parties [COP7] met in New Delhi, India, 7 - 12 November. Delegates from 180 countries plus non-governmental organisations with official observer status, including The Union, attended.
Union Achiever, Gustavo Sóñora: Tobacco control is not just public health, it’s about human rights.
25 November 2016
Twelve years ago Gustavo Sóñora was hired as legal counsel for Miguel Asqueta, the congressman charged with authoring Uruguay’s first national tobacco control law. The World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control [WHO FCTC] negotiations had just been completed and Uruguay became one of the first countries to ratify the treaty.
World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, 7th Conference of the parties begins in New Delhi, India
07 November 2016
The Union launches the Index of Tobacco Control Sustainability to assess and guide national tobacco control programmes to become sustainable, complementing WHO FCTC processes: First round reports reveal countries commonly lack measures to protect public health policy from tobacco industry interference [WHO FCTC Article 5.3].
An innovative new tool to assess the sustainability of national tobacco control programmes launched by The Union
02 November 2016
The Index of Tobacco Control Sustainability (ITCS) has been launched by The Union to assist countries to assess and guide national tobacco control programmes to become sustainable. It is the first tool of its kind. A first round of Index assessments – from 24 countries with the highest burden of tobacco use – have been published alongside the ITCS.
Tobacco Control Programmes and Prevention of NCDs - Discussion Paper