World Cancer Day, 4 February 2016: highlighting the danger of waterpipes
03 February 2016
Long popular in Africa, South East Asia and the Middle East, shisha or water pipes are increasingly popular in other regions – despite the risk for cancer that they pose to both smokers and those exposed to second-hand smoke.
New course on sustainable funding for tobacco control piloted in Dhaka, Bangladesh
01 February 2016
A new course on building sustainable funds for tobacco control programmes has been successfully piloted in Bangladesh.The pilot launched the next phase of The Union’s innovative work to help develop sustainable funding mechanisms that are tailored for the legal and financial context of individual countries – the goal being to secure consistent cash flow for programmes to reduce tobacco use in today’s over-burdened health systems.
New data from highly polluted cities indicate air quality inside venues where people smoke is worse than outdoors
27 January 2016
Research carried out in six cities with dangerous levels of air pollution indicates that air quality inside venues that allow smoking is even worse than outdoors. The study, published today in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, was co-authored by tobacco control experts at the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Union photograph of tobacco control in action wins a prestigious competition run by The Lancet
17 December 2015
An image capturing the moment a magistrate orders the public burning of illegal tobacco advertising in Dhaka, Bangladesh, has been selected as one of the The Lancet’s Highlights for 2015.The striking photograph was selected as ‘capturing a health issue in a powerful way’. It is published in the December issue of the medical journal as well as on its website.
Conference plenary: Taxing health-harming products and creating health promotion funds
18 December 2015
The third plenary of the Union World Conference on Lung Health 2015, explored how governments are innovating to transform under-funded areas of public health through taxing products that harm health, and earmarking these increased revenues for specific programmes.
Experts review Africa’s progress on tax measures to reduce tobacco use
05 December 2015
Economists and public health experts met to discuss how far tax mechanisms are being used across Africa to reduce tobacco consumption. The central African region was a focus. The three-hour special session gathered attendees from 10 countries. Its purpose was to highlight best practice, assess impact and consider how to expedite the progress of this tobacco control measure.
New tactics to tackle tobacco industry interference announced at 46th Union conference
04 December 2015
New tools to combat tobacco industry strategies that undermine and delay public health policy were announced at a working group meeting for Union members at the annual conference. Preventing industry interference is one of the most complex, but important elements of any tobacco control programme – this working group offers members support to develop these measures.
Tobacco control at the 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health
03 December 2015
Cape Town, South Africa, is hosting The Union’s annual gathering of lung health experts from around the globe. Several thousand delegates are expected to attend during the course of the event, which runs until 6 December. Tobacco control will be a focus area at the conference.
Argentina’s Supreme Court throws out tobacco industry suit against pioneering smokefree policy – precedent now set for sub-national tobacco control...
09 November 2015
After a nine-year legal battle, the Argentine Supreme Court of Justice has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a British American Tobacco (BAT) subsidiary, against the Province of Santa Fe’s trailblazing tobacco control law, which includes a 100 percent ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship (TAPS) and an interdict on smoking in public places.
Nepal implements 90 per cent graphic health warnings on tobacco packs, strictest in the world
02 November 2015
Tobacco packs in Nepal now have 90 per cent of their surface area covered with hard-hitting pictures of the health impacts of tobacco use – the strongest tobacco control measure of its kind in the world. Shelves have been stacked with the new packs since the directive came into force in October.
Union achiever: Dr Fouad Aslam - building collaborative networks to advance tobacco control
05 October 2015
‘We know that we are making significant progress because the tobacco industry has really stepped up its game, challenging everything we do,’ says Dr Fouad Aslam, The Union’s focal point for tobacco control in Pakistan. The country’s high and Supreme Court dockets currently feature a raft of cases contesting strong new policies proven to reduce tobacco use.
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.