Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)


  • 18 July 2017

    International tribunal orders tobacco company to pay Australia’s costs of the arbitration over tobacco plain packaging

    The International Tribunal that dismissed the investment treaty claim made by Philip Morris Asia in relation to Australia’s introduction of tobacco plain packaging has now ordered that Philip Morris pay a substantial portion of the costs Australia incurred in defending the claim.

  • 2 May 2017

    Michael Bloomberg receives WHO Medal

    Honoring his years of service to public health, his commitment to fighting noncommunicable diseases, and his work to reduce preventable injuries, World Health Organization Global Ambassador Mike Bloomberg was awarded The WHO Medal today during a drowning prevention convening led by his foundation.

  • 20 March 2017

    More than one million Filipinos have quit tobacco use

    MANILA - The Philippine Department of Health (DOH) said on Monday, March 20 that a number of tobacco control interventions, particularly tobacco taxation has led to a significant drop in current smokers from 17 million (2009) to 15.9 million (2015). The Tobacco Tax Reform Law of 2012 was also called an “anti-cancer tax” that has a significant health outcome and has increased funds available for health.

  • 28 February 2017

    The Tobacco Economy – Holding Back President Xi’s Vision of a Modern China

    On Wednesday, March 1st, the city of Shanghai becomes the latest municipality in China, following Beijing and Shenzhen, to launch a 100% smoke-free policy in public places and work spaces. Some 60 million people – a number larger than many countries – living in in these cities can now enjoy smoke-free public places.

  • 28 February 2017

    Tobacco control: saving lives and driving development

    Geneva - Tobacco use poses an unparalleled health and economic burden worldwide. But a new study by the US National Cancer Institute and WHO, titled The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control, shows highly cost-effective measures exist to control the health and economic impacts of tobacco that pose no harm to economies and, in turn, save lives and generate financial gains for communities and governments.

  • February 2017

    • Slovenian National Assembly passes strong tobacco control law
      Slovenia’s National Assembly unanimously adopted a new tobacco control law on 15 February 2017. The law transposes the European Union Tobacco Products Directive and includes measures such as plain packaging, a ban on smoking in private cars in the presence of minors, licensing to sell tobacco products, a display ban at the point of sale and an increase and earmarking of excise tax.
  • 23 January 2017

    WHO and European Respiratory Society form a new collaboration to support tobacco cessation training

    WHO and European Respiratory Society (ERS) have recently initiated a new joint project on tobacco cessation training. Under this successive 3-year project (2016-2019), ERS will provide financial and technical resources to support WHO’s training activities for building capacity of WHO Member States to provide tobacco cessation interventions to all patients with respiratory diseases in primary care settings.

  • 31 May 2017

    World No Tobacco Day 2017: Tobacco - a threat to development

    The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is "Tobacco – a threat to development." The campaign will: demonstrate the threats that the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of all countries, including the health and economic well-being of their citizens; and propose measures that governments and the public should take to promote health and development by confronting the global tobacco crisis.

  • 5 December 2016

    New tobacco control investment supports MPOWER roll-out

    WHO welcomes today's announcement from Bloomberg Philanthropies on a new commitment of $360 million for the global fight against tobacco. Since 2006 WHO has been a core partner in what remains a unique effort by Bloomberg Philanthropies to reduce deaths and disability related to tobacco use by promoting tobacco policy control in key areas. WHO works with Bloomberg, governments and international partners to introduce and enforce laws, policy and surveillance around tobacco control. To date, the combined work has successfully supported policy work in 59 countries, reaching nearly 3.5 billion people and saving an estimated 30 million lives.

  • 3-4 October 2016

    WHO meeting on tobacco tax harmonization: lessons learnt from regional/economic blocks

    The meeting gathered 35 participants with representatives from the Ministries of Health, Finance and Economy of the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU: Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and the Russian Federation). Representatives from the World Bank, the European Commission, academia (University of Macedonia and Centre for Economic and Financial Research) as well as an NGO (Confederation of Consumers Associations of Russia) participated in the meeting as well.

  • 3 October 2016

    The missing O: Scaling up tobacco cessation in India using mobile technology

    Quitting tobacco is difficult. But innovative measures to help people kick the habit, such as a mobile phone-based initiative in India, are vital to ending the tobacco epidemic. In India every year, an estimated 1 million people die from tobacco-related illnesses, all of which could have been avoided by stopping tobacco use.

  • 22 September 2016

    Beating cardiovascular disease

    A new initiative from WHO and partners, the Global Hearts Initiative, has been launched to respond to the world’s leading cause of death, cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes. Scaling up tobacco control, reducing salt consumption and strengthening primary health care services to reduce cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol are the focuses of the Global Hearts Initiative.

  • 13 July 2016

    Right to control tobacco upheld for states

    An international tribunal has upheld the authority of states to protect health through tobacco control. The World Bank has confirmed that tobacco control measures applied by the Government of Uruguay did not violate the terms of an investment agreement between Uruguay and Switzerland, thereby affirming that Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control can confidently implement the Convention and its guidelines.

  • 12 July 2016

    International tribunal upholds states’ rights to protect health through tobacco control

    An international tribunal has upheld the sovereign authority of states to protect health through tobacco control. The World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has confirmed that tobacco control measures applied by the Government of Uruguay did not violate the terms of an investment agreement between Uruguay and Switzerland, under which the dispute was initiated.

  • June 2016

  • 31 May 2016

    Plain packaging of tobacco products: evidence, design and implementation

    In 2012, Australia became the first country to implement laws requiring plain (standardized) packaging of tobacco products. Since then, France, Ireland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland have passed laws and other countries have initiated legislative processes. This publication describes the purposes of implementing plain packaging as part of a comprehensive approach to tobacco control, the evidence base justifying the measure and developments at the country level, before offering recommendations to countries considering implementing plain packaging.

  • 30 May 2016

    World No Tobacco Day 2016: get ready for plain packaging

    For this year's World No Tobacco Day, WHO and the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control are calling countries to get ready for plain (standardized) packaging of tobacco products. Plain packaging is an important demand reduction measure that reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products, restricts use of tobacco packaging as a form of tobacco advertising and promotion, limits misleading packaging and labelling, and increases the effectiveness of health warnings.

  • 6 April 2016

    WHO to use the documentary titled “Addiction Incorporated” in its Global Fight Against Tobacco

    “Addiction Incorporated” is a documentary on the series of events which led to the first-ever USA federal regulation of the tobacco industry. It begins with research scientist Victor DeNoble’s discovery of a new compound that was used to increase the addictiveness of cigarettes. Manufacturers thereafter altered the formulation of cigarettes to enhance smokers’ chronic addiction to these products.

  • 1 April 2016

    • WHO Bulletin: Modelling the impact of raising tobacco taxes on public health and finance
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      A new article on tobacco taxation has been published in the April issue of the WHO Bulletin. The article explores and quantifies the potential for tobacco taxation to contribute to the 2030 agenda for sustainable development by reducing tobacco use, saving lives and generating tax revenues – which in turn can help create the fiscal space required by governments throughout the world to finance their development priorities.
  • 1 February 2016

    Smoke-free movies: from evidence to action

    Movies showing tobacco products have enticed millions of young people worldwide to start smoking, according to the new WHO "Smoke-free movies: from evidence to action". WHO calls on governments to take concrete steps to rate movies that portray tobacco use to help stop adolescents from becoming addicted to tobacco. In 2014, smoking was found in 44% of all Hollywood films, and 36% of films rated for young people.