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In a session exploring e-cigarettes and other heated tobacco products (HTP) at the 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health, Silvy Peeters, from the Tobacco Control Research Group at University of Bath, informed the audience that the global tobacco market is currently worth a staggering $785 billion, with two percent ($17.7 billion) generated by e-cigarettes and HTP.

In India, both research and action are happening in a drive to understand and control tobacco use.

A study presented during a tobacco control session at the 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health, has analysed the effectiveness of the incremental increase in taxation on smoked tobacco products against a reduction of smoking prevalence

Finance leaders today came together with world leaders from government and health for the first time to pledge commitment to tobacco-free finance policies across lending, insurance and investment. The Tobacco-Free Finance Pledge – of which The Union is a founding signatory – was launched at a side event of the UN General Assembly, and included more than 120 founding signatories and supporters.

Tobacco control enforcement teams in Shenzhen, China, have launched a round of targeted inspections of tobacco vendors near schools to ensure the law prohibiting tobacco sales to children is being upheld. The first round of inspections was carried out covertly by tobacco control enforcement officers accompanied by members of the media between 25 June and 20 July 2018.

Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced The Union as one of the organisations selected to lead a new US$ 20 million project to crack down on tobacco industry influence particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

In a landmark victory for tobacco control and public health, the government of Uruguay has introduced plain or standardised packaging of tobacco products thanks to an executive decree issued by President Tabaré Vázquez. Plain packaging is proven to discourage people from taking up tobacco use, and is particularly effective for children and young people.

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