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  • The WHO FCTC: saving lives for a decade

    The only international health treaty -- drawn up to prevent the suffering and premature death caused by tobacco use -- came into force ten years ago on February 27.

    Ten years on, and just ten percent of the world's nations have not yet committed to the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) -- an internationally coordinated strategy to reduce tobacco use.


  • 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. 


  • Union expert joins Pakistan’s technical working group on tobacco taxation

    A Union expert has joined Pakistan’s technical working group on tobacco taxation, following the launch of a report co-published by The Union which demonstrated that tobacco tax reform could lead to 500,000 quitting cigarettes, and increase tax revenues by 27.2 billion rupees.


  • Unique and effective tobacco control taskforces in Bangladesh – a new study by The Union

    Bangladesh's distinctive approach to tobacco control policy enforcement may offer a sustainable and flexible model for other countries, new Union research suggests.


  • Brazil acts to further curb smoking with new law

    Brazil has stepped up its fight against tobacco-related diseases by tightening the tobacco control legislation that has contributed to a 300 percent drop in the number of smokers between 1989 and 2013. The new regulations are aimed at continuing this decline in a country that still has 24 million smokers – 80 percent of whom began to smoke as teenagers.


  • China’s proposed national tobacco control law now up for discussion

    The Government of China, the world's most populous nation, has drawn up a tobacco control law, which, if adopted in full, will reduce smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke on a staggering scale. As China's State Council gathers public opinion on the proposed law during the next month, an historic victory for public health could be in the making. China's 1.4 billion citizens have until 24 December to speak up in support of the proposal.


  • 90% graphic health warnings now required on tobacco packs in Nepal

    One of the world's smallest countries, Nepal, has taken a large step toward combating tobacco-related disease this week. Ninety percent of the surface area of all tobacco packaging must now be covered with harrowing images designed to warn consumers of the health consequences of tobacco use. The new law is the most stringent of any country, surpassing that passed by India three weeks ago, which requires 85% coverage.


  • Tobacco control policy outcomes - The Union's work so far

    Since it first opened in 2007, The Union's Tobacco Control Department has been working with governments and NGOs around the world to assist with implementing the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and its MPOWER measures to reduce tobacco consumption.


  • Ministerial delegations from Russia and China visit Scotland to observe implementation of progressive tobacco control policies

    A delegation of ministerial public health officials from Russia and China will observe Scotland’s progressive tobacco control laws in action during a three-day visit to the capital, beginning 3 March.

    Members of Scottish Government and academics at the University of Edinburgh will share their knowledge of tobacco control policy development and implementation, and healthcare providers, retailers and non-governmental organisations will demonstrate how laws are working on the ground. The delegates’ governments are both currently developing tobacco control legislation to promote public health.


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