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Philippines signs into law graphic health warnings

Philippines signs into law graphic health warnings
U.S. Department of Health and Services

MANILA,22 July 2014 -- A Philippine law requiring manufacturers to display graphic health warnings on cigarette packs came into force on Friday. The law requires cigarette manufacturers to display pictures showing the harmful effects of smoking on half of both sides of cigarette packets. This is another milestone for the Philippines following the law raising tobacco taxes signed in 2013.

The WHO Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases Department welcomes Dr Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva as Head of the Secretariat of the WHO FCTC

Dr Vera da Costa e Silva, Head of the Secretariat of the WHO FCTC
Dr Vera da Costa e Silva, Head of the Secretariat of the WHO FCTC

27 June 2014 -- The WHO Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases Department (PND) warmly welcomes Dr Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva as Head of the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (CSF). Dr da Costa e Silva is not only a well-known, but also well-respected figure within WHO because she was the Director of the Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI) from 2001 to 2005, overseeing the WHO secretariat work on the negotiation of the treaty.

China’s youth tobacco survey highlights the need to protect youth from tobacco harms

BEIJING, 18 June 2014 – China’s first ever—and the world’s largest—national Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) highlight the urgent need for strong action to protect young people from the harms of tobacco. “We must act to prevent young people in China from becoming the tobacco industry’s customers today—and the mortality statistics of tomorrow,” said WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, Dr Shin Young-soo.

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