Progress for India’s 85 percent graphic health warnings on tobacco packs – now due April 2016
02 October 2015
India’s Ministry of Health has announced that pictorial health warnings covering 85 percent of the display surface of all tobacco products will now be introduced in April 2016.
Over 90 per cent of the public support smokefree environments in China, major survey finds
26 August 2015
More than 90 per cent of participants in the China City Adult Tobacco Survey 2013-14 supported a total ban on smoking inside public places including healthcare facilities, workplaces, schools and taxis. Over 80 per cent of respondents also supported restrictions on smoking in restaurants.
Tobacco control focus at Asia Pacific conference
03 September 2015
The pandemic of tobacco-related diseases, global efforts to introduce tobacco control and the tobacco industry’s counter efforts to protect the market for its profitable and deadly products were key topics of discussion at the 5th Conference of The Union Asia Pacific Region in Sydney, Australia this week.
Tobacco control advocates take Pakistan government to court for reneging on 85% graphic health warnings
13 August 2015
Civil society groups in Pakistan have issued a high court petition to prevent the Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination from withdrawing life-saving legislation to reduce tobacco use. The new law – which was due to come into force on 31 July – required 85 per cent of the surface area of all tobacco packaging to be covered with harrowing photos of the health consequences of smoking.
Urgent action needed to integrate anti-smoking strategies into TB, HIV and TB-HIV care
10 August 2015
Research published today identifies a critical missed opportunity in current TB, HIV and TB-HIV programmes. Smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke are known to exacerbate these diseases, but evidence-based strategies to reduce tobacco use are not yet routinely included in treatment programmes.
The Union hosts Myanmar delegation’s visit to observe Scotland’s progressive tobacco control policies in action
05 August 2015
A high-level delegation of ministers, diplomats and academics from Myanmar visited The Union’s Department of Tobacco Control in Edinburgh yesterday, to observe Scotland’s progressive tobacco control laws in action, and to meet with experts in healthcare and policy development.
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.