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This World Lung Cancer Day, 1 August 2017, The Union urges governments to increase tobacco taxes – the most powerful measure for cutting smoking rates – to help prevent lung cancer. Uniting with the Forum for International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), The Union commemorates, celebrates and supports those impacted by lung cancer.

The Union welcomes Singapore’s new ban on displays of tobacco products at point-of-sale which comes into force on 1 August. Singapore, home to The Union Asia Pacific Office, has a good track record on tobacco control in the region.

Mayors and regents representing 48 jurisdictions across Indonesia agreed to significant tobacco control reforms in their cities, including policies for 100 percent smoke-free public places, bans on tobacco advertising promotion and sponsorship and moves to integrate tobacco control into other local health programmes.

The World Health Organization’s Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic published today suggests that if low- and middle-income countries tripled excise taxes on tobacco, rates of use would drop by about 40 percent. It proposes that this is ‘the most plausible way’ to cut tobacco use in order to reduce non-communicable disease (NCD) deaths by 30 percent by 2030. In other words, tobacco taxes offer a direct route to achieving the United Nations’ ambitious Sustainable Development Goal [SDG] 3.4.

The Union welcomes the Court of Arbitration's decision to force Philip Morris Asia to pay the Australian Government's legal costs, estimated at AUS$50 million, for its failed case against the country's pioneering plain packaging laws.

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.

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