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Graphic photos on tobacco packs save lives: WHO Report

BEIJING, 8 April 2014 -- Large, graphic health warnings on tobacco packets in China would increase awareness about the harms of smoking, help to cut smoking rates, and in doing so save lives according to global studies. These are the key findings from a new report, Tobacco health warnings in China – Evidence of effectiveness and implications for action, from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (ITC Project), released today.

World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2014: raise taxes on tobacco

February 2014 -- For World No Tobacco Day 2014, WHO and partners call on countries to raise taxes on tobacco. Research shows that higher taxes are especially effective in reducing tobacco use among lower-income groups and in preventing young people from starting to smoke.

A smoke-free Winter Olympic Games

Five olympic rings and Bolshoy ice dome, Sochi, Russia
Courtesy of Press-centre Sochi 2014

7 February 2014 -- In addition to winter sports achievements, visitors to the Olympic Winter Games 2014 will be expecting innovative sport facilities, modernized transportation infrastructure and traditional hospitality in Sochi on Russia’s Black Sea coast. But cigarette smokers may find something unexpectedly missing: somewhere to smoke. During the Olympic Games smoking will be forbidden in all Olympic and Paralympic venues, including all bars and restaurants in the Olympic park. No tobacco products will be sold at any of the Olympic sites.

Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020

13 November 2013 -- The global burden and threat of NCDs constitutes a major public health challenge that undermines social and economic development throughout the world, and inter alia has the effect of increasing inequalities between countries and within populations. As requested by the World Health Assembly in resolution WHA64.11, the Secretariat has developed a draft "Global action plan for the prevention and control of NCDs for the period 2013–2020", building on what has already been achieved through the implementation of the 2008–2013 action plan.

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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 factors

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Tobacco’s toll

> 600 000people die each year from exposure to second-hand smoke

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The 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) 2015

3 April 2014 -- Submissions are now open for sessions to be included in the scientific programme of the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) 2015, to be held in Abu Dhabi, from 17-21 March 2015. The Conference is a call for a collective resolution to fight tobacco through cohesion and integration of tobacco control in two broader health and development agendas for achievement of our common health and development goals.

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