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NEWS IN BRIEF

The WHO FCTC secretariat has selected 15 of the treaty’s 180 Parties as recipients of direct support to governments for tobacco control, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs] 2030 effort. The treaty is integral to the SDGs.
New rules are being drafted for tobacco sales in Himachal Pradesh state which will require all tobacco retailers to be licensed. This will curb sales of loose cigarettes and bidis, making these products less accessible to children.

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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