7 July 2015 --WHO launches the WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2015, the fifth in a series of periodic reports about the extent and character of the tobacco epidemic and measures to stop it. This report has a particular focus on tobacco taxation and in-depth analyses of tobacco taxes in all WHO Member States, allowing for a more detailed understanding of progress and future challenges in this area.
From 1 June 2015, all indoor public places in Beijing, China’s capital city, are required by law to be 100 per cent smoke-free. This includes all indoor workplaces, restaurants and bars, hotels, airports, and public transport facilities. Many outdoor public places, such as some kindergarten and hospital campuses, will also be required to be smoke-free. The law also bans tobacco advertising in mass media, public places, outdoors, and on public transport.
15 April 2015 -- One in every 10 cigarettes, and many other tobacco products, consumed worldwide are illegal, making the illicit trade of tobacco products a major global concern from many perspectives, including health, legal, economic, governance and corruption. The tobacco industry and criminal groups are among those who profit from the illegal tobacco trade, leaving the public to pay the health and security costs. Ratification by governments of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products is necessary to respond to the financial, legal and health impacts of the illicit trade of tobacco products. The public, academia and other sectors can take action by urging their lawmakers to make their countries Parties to the Protocol.
15 March 2015 -- New data show a declining rate of tobacco use and an increase in numbers of non-smokers. But governments must intensify action to combat the tobacco industry and dramatically reduce consumption of tobacco products to, in turn, protect public health, according to WHO.Non-smoking is becoming the new norm worldwide, according to a new online WHO Global Report on Trends in Tobacco Smoking, launched today during the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) which opened yesterday in Abu Dhabi and ends on 21 March. The conference is focusing on tobacco control and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), namely lung and heart diseases, cancers and diabetes.
180Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (New Party: Zimbabwe)See the list of Parties
40 countriesmust ratify or accede to the Illicit Trade Protocol for it to become international lawRatification of the Protocol
1 in every 10cigarettes and many tobacco products consumed worldwide are illegalIllegal trade of tobacco products: What you should know to stop it