The President of Uruguay meets with The Union to discuss next steps for tobacco control
29 July 2015
The President of Uruguay, Tabaré Vázquez, met on 27 July with Mirta Molinari, The Union's regional coordinator for tobacco control in Latin America, and representatives from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) and the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) to discuss Uruguay's leading role in tobacco control and the country's next steps in this global fight.
Uganda passes tobacco control law in line with the world’s most stringent policies
29 July 2015
The Ugandan Parliament passed a law today that brings Uganda into line with the strongest tobacco control policies around the world. This ground-breaking law will secure some of the toughest restrictions on the distribution, sale and use of tobacco products currently in place and position Uganda as one of the leaders in tobacco control in the region.
Union Achiever: Anne Jones. Advocating for sustainable funding, tobacco control’s next big step
29 July 2015
When Anne Jones began working on Australia’s campaign for tobacco control 20 years ago, only a handful of people were involved. Since then, Australia has become a model for what comprehensive tobacco control can accomplish, and Jones has become a leading advisor and advocate for tobacco control in low-and middle-income countries.
New Tobacco Control module piloted for Masters in Public Health programmes in India
27 July 2015
Union tobacco control experts have helped develop a new module for Masters in Public Health programmes in India – the first of its kind for the country. The material was piloted during a five-day workshop attended by 60 students, faculty and senior residents from six medical institutions.
United Nations call for tobacco tax to be used to finance sustainable development
16 July 2015
Global leaders in finance and development have called on governments worldwide to consider tobacco tax as a tool to reduce tobacco use and healthcare costs, and as a revenue stream for financing sustainable development.The Union welcomes this call to action, made in the declaration of the United Nations 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 16 July.
Seven Hills Challenge! Centennial Campaign Fundraiser
17 July 2015
The Department of Tobacco Control's annual fundraiser will take place on 11 September 2015. Members of the team and friends will cover an ambitious 24k route in and around the Department's Edinburgh base. It takes in the city's seven hills, which range in height from 103 to 251 metres above sea level.
Newsweek Pakistan forced to apologise for love song to the Marlboro Man
26 June 2015
TheNetwork for Consumer Protection has won a judgment against Newsweek Pakistan for publishing an article that both implicitly and explicitly promoted tobacco use and the use of Phillip Morris products. In the opinion of the Inquiry Commission of the Press Council of Pakistan, this violated the country’s Ethical Code of Practice.
Beijing introduces smokefree law with huge celebration as China marks World No Tobacco Day
10 June 2015
Beijing, capital city of China, heralded the introduction of its new smokefree law on World No Tobacco Day with a vibrant celebration at the Birds' Nest Stadium, led by dance troupes and actors. The new legislation, a powerful tool to protect Beijing's 20+ million citizens from second-hand smoke, came into force on 1 June.
Suspension of lawsuit against plain packaging is a huge win for tobacco control
04 June 2015
Ukraine's lawsuit against Australia, claiming that its plain tobacco packaging law constitutes an illegal barrier to trade, has been dropped much to the relief of tobacco control and public health supporters around the world.
World No Tobacco Day 2015 - Assessing our global impact
29 May 2015
Over the past decade, The Union's Department of Tobacco Control has focused its work on policies proven to have the greatest population-level impacts for reducing tobacco use. We assist governments and NGOs to implement the World Health Organization's MPOWER, a package of six practical measures designed to help countries implement effective tobacco control, which are projected to avert nearly 7.5 million smoking-attributed deaths by the year 2050.
Union Achiever, Honge Liu: 'Disease prevention is more powerful than cure'
28 May 2015
Honge Liu, senior technical officer for tobacco control in China, features as The Union Achiever for May 2015. This series profiles the outstanding work of individual staff, consultants and members around the world.
Liverpool to host the 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health
20 May 2015
The Union Board of Directors is pleased to announce that ACC Liverpool in Liverpool, UK has been chosen to host the 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health in 2016. The event is the premier annual international conference for researchers, health programme managers, policy experts, advocates and other leaders working to address tuberculosis, lung health and other global health issues primarily affecting people living in poverty.