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World No Tobacco Day 2017 awards - the winners

World No Tobacco Day 2017
WHO

30 May 2017 -- Every year, WHO recognizes individuals or organizations in each of the six WHO Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control. This recognition takes the form of WHO Director-General Special Recognition Awards, World No Tobacco Day Awards.

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.

Dealing with China's tobacco addiction

BEIJING, 14 April 2017 -- A ground-breaking WHO/UNDP report warns that 200 million lives will be lost in China this century if drastic steps are not taken to curb tobacco use. Launched recently, the report also outlines a comprehensive tobacco control policy package that can bring about enormous health and economic benefits to China.

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.

New report: Tobacco control can save billions of dollars and millions of lives

10 January 2017 -- Policies to control tobacco use, including tobacco tax and price increases, can generate significant government revenues for health and development work, according to The economics of tobacco and tobacco control from WHO and the National Cancer Institute of the United States of America. Such measures can also greatly reduce tobacco use and protect people’s health from the world’s leading killers, like cancers and heart disease. But left unchecked, the tobacco industry and the deadly impact of its products cost the world’s economies more than US$ 1 trillion annually in healthcare expenditures and lost productivity.

World No Tobacco Day 2017 campaign materials

Infographic: Tobacco threatens us all
WHO

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.

News

  • 30 May 2017

    World No Tobacco Day 2017: Beating tobacco for health, prosperity, the environment and national development

    Action to stamp out tobacco use can help countries prevent millions of people falling ill and dying from tobacco-related disease, combat poverty and, according to a first-ever WHO report, reduce large-scale environmental degradation.

  • March 2017

    The Tobacco Economy – Holding Back President Xi’s Vision of a Modern China

    On Wednesday, March 1st, the city of Shanghai becomes the latest municipality in China, following Beijing and Shenzhen, to launch a 100% smoke-free policy in public places and work spaces. Some 60 million people – a number larger than many countries – living in in these cities can now enjoy smoke-free public places.

  • February 2017

    • Slovenian National Assembly passes strong tobacco control law
      Slovenia’s National Assembly unanimously adopted a new tobacco control law on 15 February 2017. The law transposes the European Union Tobacco Products Directive and includes measures such as plain packaging, a ban on smoking in private cars in the presence of minors, licensing to sell tobacco products, a display ban at the point of sale and an increase and earmarking of excise tax.
  • 23 January 2017

    WHO and European Respiratory Society form a new collaboration to support tobacco cessation training

    WHO and European Respiratory Society (ERS) have recently initiated a new joint project on tobacco cessation training. Under this successive 3-year project (2016-2019), ERS will provide financial and technical resources to support WHO’s training activities for building capacity of WHO Member States to provide tobacco cessation interventions to all patients with respiratory diseases in primary care settings.

  • 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.

Latest publications

World No Tobacco Day 2017 cover
WHO
  • 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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