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  • Bangladesh’s Health Development Surcharge builds a sustainable fund for a new national tobacco control programme

    The government of Bangladesh has secured sustainable funding for tobacco control and non-communicable disease prevention with a new policy to manage funds levied on tobacco products, equivalent to US$ 31 million per year.


  • Pilot course on sustainable tobacco control funding sees results

    Bangladeshi ministers have finalised draft policies for a Health Promotion Foundation, agreeing finance mechanisms and tobacco control plans. A new course on sustainable funds for tobacco control was held in Dhaka last January.


  • New Union study launches index to measure the sustainability of tobacco control programmes

    New research identifies 31 factors that national tobacco control programmes need in order to be sustainable. Published now in the BMJ's Tobacco Control, authors at The Union draw on ten years’ experience assisting governments around the world to build programmes to reduce tobacco use. The study develops an Index of Tobacco Control Sustainability to be used by countries to establish their current level of sustainability and to identify priority areas for development.


  • New course on sustainable funding for tobacco control piloted in Dhaka, Bangladesh

    A new course on building sustainable funds for tobacco control programmes has been successfully piloted in Bangladesh.The pilot launched the next phase of The Union’s innovative work to help develop sustainable funding mechanisms that are tailored for the legal and financial context of individual countries – the goal being to secure consistent cash flow for programmes to reduce tobacco use in today’s over-burdened health systems.


  • A roadmap for tackling NCDs – using successful tobacco control approach as a template

    The Union’s Department of Tobacco Control is developing a new step-by-step guide for governments tackling the rising pandemic of non-communicable diseases [NCDs], including cancers, chronic lung diseases, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.


  • Endgame or ENDs game?

    The contentious issue of e-cigarettes or ENDs [electronic nicotine delivery systems] was tackled in several sessions at this weeks’ World Conference on Tobacco or Health.


  • 'Don't be a maybe' urges WHO D-G Margaret Chan at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health

    Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, launched her keynote speech on tobacco control and non-communicable diseases at WCTOH, with the words of a current Marlboro campaign: ‘Don’t be a maybe’ -- urging decisive action against the tobacco industry.


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    OUR IMPACT: 9 countries have stepped up to provide sustainable funding for tobacco control

    The Union works at the cutting edge of tobacco control. The Department is tackling the complex issues that have emerged in recent times, including:

    • e-cigarettes
    • the tobacco industry’s use of trade law to sue countries for introducing tobacco control policies
    • sustainable funding for tobacco control programmes
    • NCDs and tobacco control

    Union experts have presented new research at various conferences and academic institutions, including the World Conference on Lung Health and the World Conference on Tobacco or Health. The Department has also published in-depth discussion and position papers on these issues to spark productive debate and action within the public health community.


  • Russia – smokeless tobacco ban

    Sales of all forms of smokeless tobacco, including snus, chewing tobacco and snuff, have been banned in Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan. The new law will be enforced by the police, Drug Control Service and Consumer Rights Protection body, under the guidance of the Department for Health and Sport. Violators will be fined between 3,000 and 30, 000 roubles.

    Policy-makers in Tatarstan are now assisting the federal government with developing a similar, national law. 


  • Non-communicable diseases, tobacco, and The Union

    New editorial published in the latest version of The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease highlights tobacco use as the most common modifiable risk factor for non-communicable diseases.


  • Urgent! E-cigarettes must be regulated

    Marketing of e-cigarettes as an 'healthy' alternative to smoking is dangerously misleading, according to a review of evidence by The Union.


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