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.
Myanmar: Minister of Health and Sports commits to accelerating tobacco control
18 July 2016
Myanmar’s Minister of Health and Sports committed to significant advances in the national tobacco control strategy during a recent meeting with The Union: increasing tobacco taxes, ensuring effective implementation of smoke-free, and regulation of smokeless tobacco products. Dr Myint Htwe also confirmed that 75 percent graphic health warnings on tobacco packaging will come into force in September this year, with a view to introducing plain packaging in the future.
Globally significant legal victory for public health: Uruguay wins big against Philip Morris
13 July 2016
Uruguay has won the six-year legal battle launched by Philip Morris International (PMI) in 2010 before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) – one of the world’s smallest countries claiming a significant victory over one of the world’s largest corporations.
World No Tobacco Day 2016: Policy announcements and events across the globe
13 June 2016
The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2016 (WNTD) was ‘Get Ready for Plain Packaging’. The Union joined international calls for countries to introduce plain tobacco packaging to encourage users to quit and discourage non-users from trying addictive nicotine products. Further, The Union called for a ‘plain packaging’ approach to e-cigarettes – this burgeoning industry is increasingly owned by tobacco companies renowned for targeting children with powerful marketing campaigns.
Executive Director's statement on World No Tobacco Day: Get ready for plain packaging
31 May 2016
In support of World No Tobacco Day, 31 May, The Union calls on governments around the world to prepare to introduce plain packaging – eliminating one of the last marketing platforms available to the tobacco industry.
World No Tobacco Day: Plain packaging for e-cigarettes?
27 May 2016
This World No Tobacco Day, The Union joins international calls for countries to introduce plain tobacco packaging to encourage users to quit and discourage non-users from trying addictive nicotine products. Further, The Union calls for a ‘plain packaging’ approach to e-cigarettes – this burgeoning industry is increasingly owned by tobacco companies renowned for targeting children with powerful marketing campaigns.
Achiever profile: Dr Gan Quan - Reaching critical mass for China’s national tobacco control law
27 May 2016
In 2009 when Gan Quan began working for The Union in China, few people had heard of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). Remarkably, just over six years later, a draft national tobacco control law now has strong political support and will likely be passed by the end of the year – protecting a population of 1.36 billion from the harms of tobacco use.
One of the world’s largest insurers ditches tobacco investments – worth €1.8bn
25 May 2016
Axa, one of the world’s largest insurance companies, announced today that it is selling all 1.8 billion euros (£1.3bn/USD2.0bn) of its tobacco industry shares, saying it made no sense to invest in a sector that killed more than six million people each year.