Philippines signs into law graphic health warnings
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
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.
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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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
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World No Tobacco Day 2014 campaign materials
- World No Tobacco Day 2014 awards - the winners
Download the poster
- Video: Tobacco taxes made simple
- Campaign brochure: Raising tax on tobacco. What you need to know
- Online event: Raising taxes on tobacco: good for health, good for economies
- Goals of the campaign
- News release: WHO calls for higher tobacco taxes to save more lives
- UN Secretary-General's statement on World No Tobacco Day 2014
Video message from Mr Mehmet Simsek, Minister of Finance of Turkey