The work on impact assessment of the WHO FCTC has begun
The first meeting of the expert group on impact assessment of the WHO FCTC, established by the Conference of the Parties, took place in Geneva, at the WHO Headquarters, on 10-11 August 2015.
High level meeting expressing support for plain packaging
Ministers and other high level representatives of health ministries from Australia, France, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Uruguay met in Paris on July 20 to express their aspiration for tobacco free societies and promote effective tobacco control measures, specifically the standardized or plain packaging of tobacco products.
Tobacco taxes can be used to finance the Sustainable Development Goals
Taxing tobacco should be a key element of worldwide efforts to finance the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to recommendations made to United Nations member states in the outcome document recently negotiated in New York. The Financing for Development (Ffd) conference in Addis Ababa from July 13-16 will consider a document recognising the importance of tobacco levies, which the Secretariat of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and its partners have been seeking.