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Jorge Laucirica is The Union’s technical advisor for tobacco control in Latin America. Based in the Mexico office, his beat spans diverse countries across the region – at present, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.

A high-level conference held in Dhaka framed the urgent need to reduce tobacco use with stark statistics: 59 percent of premature deaths in Bangladesh are caused by non-communicable diseases. 40 percent of these deaths are due to tobacco use. Its call to action was clear: to reduce non-communicable disease by one third by 2030 and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3, strong tobacco control policies must be a priority, now.

Policymakers, civil society and media from across the South East Asia region attended a multi-day course in Kathmandu, Nepal, designed to equip leaders for tobacco control. The Union Singapore office organised the course in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, USA; Nepal’s Ministry of Health (MOH) and Action Nepal. The South Asia Tobacco Control Leadership Programme ran from 8 to 13 May.

Georgia’s Parliament hosted a high-level event on World No Tobacco Day to mark the recent advance of national laws that will reduce tobacco use and protect and promote the health and economic well-being of the Georgian people.

On World No Tobacco Day, The Union welcomes the announcement from 53 leading finance firms – representing US$ 3.8 trillion in assets under management – that today affirmed their public support for international efforts to reduce tobacco use under the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).

The World Health Organization’s 2017 report on the tobacco epidemic in China reveals some truly startling statistics – 200 million lives will be lost to tobacco in China this century. Economic costs have spiralled by 1000 percent in under 15 years. In 2014 alone the bill was around 350 billion Yuan (US $57 billion).

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