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NEWS IN BRIEF

Pictorial warnings covering 55 percent of the front and back of tobacco packs are now mandatory in Cambodia, despite resistance and delay tactics from the tobacco industry. The legislation came into force on July 22.
A workshop on preventing tobacco industry interference will be run by The Union's Latin America team next month. Government officials from Mexico, Uruguay, Bolivia, Argentina and Paraguay are expected to attend.

The Union co-manages the Bloomberg Initiative [BI] to Reduce Tobacco Use Grants Program in partnership with Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The programme awards funds to projects delivering high-impact tobacco control interventions, based on MPOWER, in low- and middle-income countries. Priority is given to countries with the highest prevalence of tobacco use.

Our priority countries are: China, Russia, Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Brazil, Mexico, Philippines, Viet Nam and Turkey. In the first quarter of 2015 The Union was managing 69 active grant projects.

To date 776 grants worth US$ 141 million have been awarded.

 

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