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WHO’s Dr Douglas Bettcher receives major global tobacco control award

WHO’s Dr Douglas Bettcher receives major global tobacco control award

8 March, 2018 | Cape Town: Dr Douglas Bettcher, World Health Organization director of the department for the prevention of noncommunicable diseases, was today awarded a Luther L. Terry Distinguished Career Award for his lifetime contribution to tobacco control.

WHO issues new guidance on tobacco product regulation towards maximum protection of public health

WHO /Sergey Volkov

9 March 2018, Cape Town: The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched new guidance on the role tobacco product regulation can play to reduce tobacco demand, save lives and raise revenues for health services to treat tobacco-related disease, in the context of comprehensive tobacco control.

A new guide, “Tobacco product regulation: Building laboratory testing capacity”, and a collection of country approaches to regulation of menthol, presented in the publication titled “Case studies for regulatory approaches to tobacco products – Menthol in tobacco products” have been launched at the 2018 World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Cape Town, South Africa.

The WHO Tobacco Tax Simulation (TaXSiM) model

5 March 2018 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has been working closely with many countries to examine the structure and dynamics of their tobacco markets, and to help implement better tobacco tax policy. This experience has led the economics team to develop the WHO Tobacco Tax Simulation Model (TaXSiM) to help countries with tax policy analysis, impact assessment and decision-making.

World No Tobacco Day 2018 awards - call for nominations

Geneva, 16 January 2018 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for nominations to the World No Tobacco Day 2018 awards of individuals or organizations in each of the six WHO Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control.

Call for nominations is now closed.

Seeing Through Big Tobacco’s Smokescreen

December 2017 -- "Enough is enough; at this critical moment, we must not let the momentum slip." Commentary by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Dr Tabaré Ramón Vázquez

WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic 2017

Social Determinants of Health in Thailand
WHO/Diego Rodriguez

19 July 2017 – The WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic 2017 tracks the status of the tobacco epidemic and interventions to combat it. The report focuses on monitoring tobacco use and prevention policies and includes in-depth analyses of monitoring capacity of WHO Member States, allowing a detailed understanding of progress and future challenges in this area.

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

The theme for World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2017, is "Tobacco - a threat to development". It will propose measures that governments and the public should take to promote health and development by confronting the global tobacco crisis.

Michael Bloomberg receives WHO Medal

Bloomberg Philanthropies

New York, 2 May 2017 -- Honoring his years of service to public health, his commitment to fighting noncommunicable diseases, and his work to reduce preventable injuries, WHO Global Ambassador Michael Bloomberg was awarded the WHO Medal today during a drowning prevention convening led by his foundation.

Tobacco control: saving lives and driving development

WHO/Y. Shimizu

Geneva , 28 February 2017 - 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.

Latest news

  • March 2018

    RFP for Monitoring Tobacco Control Compliance

    WHO is launching a pilot project to assess compliance with smoke-free legislation and bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship in seven countries. The project will test two different methods to collect compliance data, a conventional and a crowd sourcing survey, using mobile technology. PND has issued a request for proposals from potential agencies interested in implementing the surveys in Seychelles, Uganda, Chile, Thailand, Romania, Pakistan and Mongolia.
    The closing date for submission of proposal is extended from 16 March 2018 to 23 March 2018 at 17:00 Geneva time.

  • February 2018

    WHO condemns misleading use of its name in marketing of heated tobacco products

    According to published statements, British American Tobacco (BAT) is launching a new heated tobacco product, “glo”. In materials promoting the launch of the product, including websites and point-of-sale advertising, BAT has made statements that could be incorrectly perceived as implying that the World Health Organization (WHO) is endorsing this product as a less harmful alternative to cigarettes.

  • February 2018

    WHO and European Respiratory Society (ERS) tobacco cessation training project in Ecuador

    WHO and ERS have jointly launched a project on tobacco cessation training. As part of this multi-year, multi-country project, WHO and ERS are supporting Ecuador to train primary care providers to provide tobacco cessation interventions to all patients with respiratory diseases in primary care settings aligning with Ecuadorian Neighbourhood’s Doctor Strategy.

  • November 2017

    Tobacco industry admissions should strengthen global resolve on tobacco control

    In major victories for tobacco control efforts, four U.S. tobacco companies are publishing court-ordered “corrective statements” to set the record straight on the dangers of their products, while a major French bank has announced it will divest its interests in the tobacco industry.

  • September 2017

    WHO Statement on Philip Morris funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

    On 13 September 2017, tobacco company Philip Morris International (PMI) announced its support for the establishment of a new entity - the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. PMI indicated that it expects to support the Foundation by contributing approximately USD 80 million annually over the next 12 years.

  • September 2017

    • Tobacco tax reform at the crossroads of health and development
      The World Bank has released its latest tobacco control technical report, with input from WHO. The report details how increasing excise tax rates on tobacco reduces its affordability and lowers its consumption. This underutilized policy measure can simultaneously save millions of lives, reduce poverty, and increase domestic resources for financing development.

Latest publications

World No Tobacco Day 2017 cover
  • Tobacco threatens us all
    The brochure "Tobacco threatens us all", published for World No Tobacco Day 2017, describes how tobacco use has devastating health, social, environmental and economic consequences.

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