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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).

At the 70th World Health Assembly today Member States voted to introduce mechanisms for the strengthening of synergies between the World Health Assembly and the Conference of Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. As part of the discussion at the Assembly, The Union read the following statement:

Official delegations from ten countries have called for tobacco control to be prioritised at this, and future, meetings of the World Health Assembly [WHA], stating that reducing tobacco use is central to protecting and promoting health. Mechanisms for ensuring that tobacco control receives due consideration during this forum were proposed.

Civil society organisations in Bangladesh are escalating their mission to prevent tobacco industry interference in public health policy. Despite making good progress in other areas of tobacco control, legal measures are not yet in place to stop tobacco lobbyists from influencing policymakers. Proponents of these preventative measures are making their case through research, advocacy and education nationwide.

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