Newsweek Pakistan forced to apologise for love song to the Marlboro Man
Friday, 26 June 2015 15:23
TheNetwork for Consumer Protection has won a judgment against Newsweek Pakistan for publishing an article that both implicitly and explicitly promoted tobacco use and the use of Phillip Morris products. In the opinion of the Inquiry Commission of the Press Council of Pakistan, this violated the country’s Ethical Code of Practice.
Beijing introduces smokefree law with huge celebration as China marks World No Tobacco Day
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 11:20
Beijing, capital city of China, heralded the introduction of its new smokefree law on World No Tobacco Day with a vibrant celebration at the Birds' Nest Stadium, led by dance troupes and actors. The new legislation, a powerful tool to protect Beijing's 20+ million citizens from second-hand smoke, came into force on 1 June.
Suspension of lawsuit against plain packaging is a huge win for tobacco control
Thursday, 04 June 2015 08:21
Ukraine's lawsuit against Australia, claiming that its plain tobacco packaging law constitutes an illegal barrier to trade, has been dropped much to the relief of tobacco control and public health supporters around the world.
World No Tobacco Day 2015 - Assessing our global impact
Friday, 29 May 2015 11:26
Over the past decade, The Union's Department of Tobacco Control has focused its work on policies proven to have the greatest population-level impacts for reducing tobacco use. We assist governments and NGOs to implement the World Health Organization's MPOWER, a package of six practical measures designed to help countries implement effective tobacco control, which are projected to avert nearly 7.5 million smoking-attributed deaths by the year 2050.
Union Achiever, Honge Liu: 'Disease prevention is more powerful than cure'
Thursday, 28 May 2015 11:03
Honge Liu, senior technical officer for tobacco control in China, features as The Union Achiever for May 2015. This series profiles the outstanding work of individual staff, consultants and members around the world.
Liverpool to host the 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 08:03
The Union Board of Directors is pleased to announce that ACC Liverpool in Liverpool, UK has been chosen to host the 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health in 2016. The event is the premier annual international conference for researchers, health programme managers, policy experts, advocates and other leaders working to address tuberculosis, lung health and other global health issues primarily affecting people living in poverty.
A roadmap for tackling NCDs – using successful tobacco control approach as a template
Friday, 24 April 2015 10:54
The Union’s Department of Tobacco Control is developing a new step-by-step guide for governments tackling the rising pandemic of non-communicable diseases [NCDs], including cancers, chronic lung diseases, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
Graphic health warnings for all tobacco products in Burkina Faso
Friday, 17 April 2015 12:36
Graphic images of the health harms caused by tobacco use will now cover 60% of the surface area of all tobacco packs in Burkina Faso. The Ministry of Health and Ministry of Commerce signed the new legislation on April 7. It will come into force in April 2016.
Reviewing 10 years of the WHO FCTC at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health
Saturday, 21 March 2015 15:26
On 27 February 2005, the WHO FCTC first came into force. It remains the only legally binding global health treaty. A high-level plenary at WCTOH gave a snapshot of the world pre-FCTC, a review of progress made over the last decade through MPOWER, and a look forward into the future of tobacco control, in relation to new global development goals and voluntary targets to reduce NCDs.
Endgame or ENDs game?
Saturday, 21 March 2015 15:05
The contentious issue of e-cigarettes or ENDs [electronic nicotine delivery systems] was tackled in several sessions at this weeks’ World Conference on Tobacco or Health.
'Don't be a maybe' urges WHO D-G Margaret Chan at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health
Saturday, 21 March 2015 05:38
Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, launched her keynote speech on tobacco control and non-communicable diseases at WCTOH, with the words of a current Marlboro campaign: ‘Don’t be a maybe’ -- urging decisive action against the tobacco industry.
Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launch anti-tobacco trade litigation fund
Friday, 20 March 2015 04:10
Michael R Bloomberg and Bill Gates will support countries facing tobacco industry law suits Michael R Bloomberg and Bill Gates announced the launch of the Anti-Tobacco Trade Litigation Fund at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. The Fund is a new joint effort to combat the tobacco industry’s use of international trade agreements to threaten and prevent countries from passing strong tobacco-control laws.