15 May 2013 - Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship is the theme of this year’s World No Tobacco Day, which takes place on 31 May 2013.
17 May 2013 -- Australia has recently introduced a law on tobacco plain packaging, in line with the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Since December 2012, all tobacco products sold in Australia must be in standardized drab, dark brown packaging with large graphic health warnings. Other countries are watching this pioneering measure and are considering tougher packaging laws for tobacco products.
10 January 2013 -- The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, adopted by the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) in November, was opened for signature by the Parties in a ceremony at WHO Headquarters. The new international treaty is aimed at combating illegal trade in tobacco products through control of the supply chain and international cooperation.
23 November 2012 -- Dr Douglas Bettcher, Director of WHO's Tobacco free Initiative gave an interview to "Gazeta.ru". He spoke about an analogue of a Government Automated Information System (EGAIS) for cigarettes, to combat illicit trade in Kenya and the role of tobacco corporations in the development of tobacco control laws.
The world's solution
176Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco ControlSee the list of Parties
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)
63%of all deaths are caused by NCDs, for which tobacco use is one of the greatest risk factorsWHO global status report on NCDs
> 600 000people die each year from exposure to second-hand smokeRead the tobacco fact sheet