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.
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.
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.