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World No Tobacco Day 2016: Get ready for plain packaging

World No Tobacco Day 2016
Poster based on image from the © Commonwealth of Australia

16 February 2016 -- For World No Tobacco Day 2016, WHO and the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control are calling on all 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.

Smoke-free movies: from evidence to action

1 February 2016 -- 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.

It is time for a national smoke-free law in China: new WHO report

BEIJING, 19 October 2015 – A strong, comprehensive, national smoke-free law would protect all of China’s 1.34 billion citizens from the harms of second-hand tobacco smoke, and would be immensely popular with the public, including smokers, according to a new report launched today

A call for higher taxes on tobacco

World No Tobacco Day 2014

2 October 2015 -- Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, and Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York City, argue today in the Washington Post that tobacco taxes need to be taken seriously as a development measure in the post-2015 agenda. The Global Goals for Sustainable Development, recently adopted by world leaders at the United Nations in New York, set out the key objectives for the world to achieve by 2030 to be more equitable, prosperous and sustainable. Tobacco taxation provides governments with a unique opportunity to protect the lives of their citizens, whilst raising much needed funds to finance these goals. It's a low-cost, win-win solution for a healthier, and wealthier, global future.

Needs assessment for the implementation of the WHO FCTC in Mongolia

Needs Assessment for the implementation of the WHO FCTC, 7-12 September 2015 in Ulan Bator, Mongolia
WHO Office Mongolia
Needs Assessment for the implementation of the WHO FCTC, 7-12 September 2015 in Ulan Bator, Mongolia

7-12 September 2015 – In Mongolia, an early party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), almost half of Mongolian men and one in five boys, 13-15 years old, smoke tobacco. At the request of the Government of Mongolia, a Needs Assessment for the implementation of the WHO FCTC was conducted in Ulan Bator, Mongolia by the Convention Secretariat of the WHO FCTC jointly with the Ministry of Health, also with participation of the WHO Tobacco Free Initiative. The mission emphasized the importance of ensuring protection of all people in the country from exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke by eliminating the designated smoking areas from the indoor public places and workplaces. The cost-effectiveness of increasing tobacco prices in Mongolia, through excise taxes up to the level recommended by the WHO, have been highlighted.

WHO European Region Member States commit to denormalizing tobacco

WHO /Sergey Volkov

Copenhagen and Vilnius, 17 September 2015 -- Ministers of health from the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region signed up to a roadmap that will make it possible for coming generations to make tobacco a thing of the past. The roadmap was presented to the 65th session of the Regional Committee for Europe in Vilnius, Lithuania.

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180Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (New Party: Zimbabwe)

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40 countriesmust ratify or accede to the Illicit Trade Protocol for it to become international law

Ratification of the Protocol

1 in every 10cigarettes and many tobacco products consumed worldwide are illegal

Illegal trade of tobacco products: What you should know to stop it


  • 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.
  • 27-29 April 2016

    First technical consultation on tobacco product testing and disclosure

    WHO will be holding a technical consultation and capacity building to assist countries who need technical support as they advance their work on tobacco product testing and disclosure. This technical consultation on tobacco product testing and disclosure will be held on 27-29 April 2016 in New Delhi, India and will be hosted by the Directorate General of Health Services (Dte GHS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) of the Government of India.

  • 18 November 2015

    Second national workshop for preventing the interference of tobacco industry in public health policy

    The Turkish Tobacco and Alcohol Regulatory Authority (TAPDK) and WHO organized, at the request of the Ministry of Health, the second National Workshop for preventing the interference of tobacco industry in setting and implementing tobacco control policy.

  • 11 October 2015

    Countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region join the WHO workshop on tobacco dependence treatment and cessation

    A Sub-Regional Training Workshop on Tobacco Dependence Treatment, organized by WHO through its Eastern Mediterranean Office, was hosted by the Hamad Medical Corporation, in Doha, Qatar from 11 to 12 October 2015. The workshop aimed to strengthen national tobacco cessation and treatment systems in Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia, with a focus on the provision of evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment in clinical settings.

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