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Mayors and health officials representing 21 cities from 10 Asia Pacific countries concluded a two-day tobacco control conference with a commitment to introduce and enforce policies proven to reduce tobacco use within their jurisdictions.

The Union today denounced Philip Morris International’s (PMI) launch of a ‘Foundation for a Smoke-free World’ as a billion-dollar bribe the tobacco company hopes will secure it a seat at the table with public health policymakers around the world.

The global noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) community has welcomed the announcement by the UN Global Compact (UNGC) to exclude the tobacco industry from participating in the initiative.

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.

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