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.
Plenary highlights tobacco industry interference at the 47th Union world conference on lung health
28 October 2016
Tobacco industry interference in public health policy was a theme common to all three presentations in this year’s tobacco control plenary: from the opportunities offered to the industry by e-cigarettes, to lobby groups delaying life-saving health policy in Brazil, to the aggressive targeting of young people in Africa.
Researchers highlight international public health implications of China National Tobacco Corporation’s (CNTC) globalisation
28 October 2016
China’s state-owned tobacco corporation is rapidly expanding its operations globally. It currently supplies 40 percent of the world’s cigarettes – a figure that is set to grow if current trends continue.
Ten Years of Bloomberg Initiative Grants to Reduce Tobacco Use
14 October 2016
The Department of Tobacco Control is now assessing the final set of grant proposals under Phase 1 of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use.
Training to prevent tobacco industry interference in Latin America
28 September 2016
In partnership with Uruguay’s Ministry of Health, The Union delivered an in-depth three-day technical training on tobacco industry interference in public health policymaking for government officials from across Latin America.
Vietnam at turning point in fight against tobacco national survey highlights progress as well as priority areas for the future...
06 September 2016
Edinburgh, UK, 6 September 2016 – The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease [The Union] has today welcomed the results of a national survey in Vietnam which indicates the start of a downward trend in the numbers of people smoking.
STATEMENT FROM THE UNION ON MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG’S APPOINTMENT AS WHO GLOBAL AMBASSADOR FOR NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES
18 August 2016
We congratulate Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on his new appointment as the World Health Organization’s Global Ambassador for non-communicable diseases (NCDs). And we congratulate WHO for engaging the active support of so dedicated a public health champion.
The Union and University of Aberdeen launch new free toolkit for measuring air quality in hospitality venues
03 August 2016
A new toolkit designed for public health professionals to assess compliance with smoke-free laws in hospitality venues has been developed – and made publicly available – by The Union and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Tobacco Control Programmes and Prevention of NCDs - Discussion Paper