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WHO Report Demonstrates Need for Higher Tobacco Taxes

Most effective measure is the most under-utilized WASHINGTON, DC. 10 July – A report released today by the World Health Organization concludes that tax and price measures are the “least-achieved” of a global menu of regulations to combat the growing tobacco epidemic, in spite of overwhelming evidence that higher tobacco taxes are the most effective… Read the full article >

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WHO FCTC: The Challenge of Implementation

By Al Munzer Chair, Board of Trustees, Action for Smoking and Health (ASH) The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) was developed in response to globalisation of the tobacco epidemic, and has been widely embraced by the world community. The FCTC now includes 176 parties, representing 88.6 percent of the world’s population. However despite… Read the full article >

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Tobacco consumption and hypertension increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease

Within the framework of World No Tobacco Day, PAHO/WHO warns that these two risk factors cause the most deaths in the region. Washington, D.C., 5 June 2013 (PAHO/WHO) – Tobacco consumption increases the risk of death of people who have high blood pressure. Within the framework of World No Tobacco Day, held every 31 May, the… Read the full article >

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Global Pact Adopted to Curb Illicit Tobacco Trade

SEOUL: More than 170 countries Monday adopted what World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Margaret Chan called a “game-changing” global pact to combat the illegal tobacco trade. The treaty envisages an international tracking system which aims to halt the smuggling and counterfeiting of tobacco products — a trade which accounts for 11 percent of the total… Read the full article >

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Tobacco Control: WHO Director-General Addresses History-Making Conference

Dr Margaret Chan Director-General of the World Health Organization Address to the Fifth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Seoul, Republic of Korea 12 November 2012 Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to address this fifth session of the Conference of the Parties… Read the full article >

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What is the FCTC?

The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is the world’s first global public health treaty. It is also the first treaty negotiated under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO) and is one of the most widely adopted treaties in the United Nations system. The treaty entered into force in February 2005. It was… Read the full article >

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‘Smoking Will Kill Up to a Billion People’

Smoking, which is described as the biggestpublic health disaster in the history of the world with its perpetrators likened to terrorists, will kill up to a billion people worldwide this century unless governments across the world stamp down on the half-trillion-dollar tobaccoindustry, cancer experts have warned. John Seffrin, chief executive of the American Cancer Society, issued this warning… Read the full article >

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FCA Video Highlights Tobacco Epidemic

A billion people will be killed by tobacco this century. It has been estimated that the tobacco industry makes approximately $6,000 for every death.   This must stop! The tobacco treaty is among one of the best tools the world has today to prevent this senseless massacre that hurts the citizens of the world and our… Read the full article >

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John Dalli Interview: Tobacco Products Directive is Dead

The John Dalli affair has had one significant casualty for the European consumer; the Tobacco Products Directive. Dalli came to New Europe’s Brussels HQ on the morning of October 19 for a followup interview by Alexandros Koronakis, challenging the findings of the OLAF investigation, and the discussing the serious impact that this affair will have… Read the full article >

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More Resources Needed to Decrease Tobacco Dependence Prevalence

In the decade since the adoption of the FCTC, we have seen significant progress in the area of tobacco control policies that have helped decrease smoking prevalence. We have also seen increased demand in cessation support, in the form of a short intervention by a health care provider, counselling, or other treatment modality. However, medical… Read the full article >

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Plain Cigarette Packaging: Australia’s Victory

“We have taken on big tobacco… and we have won”, said Australia’s Attorney-General Nicola Roxon, hailing the judgement from Australia’s High Court that the country’s tobacco companies had failed in their challenge to the Australian Government’s plans to introduce plain packaging for all cigarettes from Dec 1, 2012. From this date forward, all cigarettes will… Read the full article >

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FIFTH SESSION of the CONFERENCE of THE PARTIES to the WHO FCTC (COP5) – NOV 12-17, 2012

(Nov. 12-17, 2012 / Seoul, Korea) The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the governing body of the WHO FCTC and is comprised of all Parties to the Convention. It keeps under regular review the implementation of the Convention and takes the decisions necessary to promote its effective implementation, and may also adopt protocols, annexes… Read the full article >

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WHO Welcomes Landmark Decision from Australia’s High Court on Tobacco Plain Packaging Act

Statement by WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan 15 August 2012 The World Health Organization (WHO) strongly welcomes the landmark decision from Australia’s High Court to dismiss a legal challenge from the tobacco industry, and calls on the rest of the world to follow Australia’s tough stance on tobacco marketing. Several major tobacco companies challenged Australia’s legislation to… Read the full article >

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NCD Action Plan

WHO has posted a discussion paper on the development of its NCD Action Plan 2013-20  http://who.int/nmh/events/2012/ncd_action_plan/en/index.html The document states that The UN Task Team on the Post-2015 Development Agenda recognized in its report that MDGs did not adequately address the increase of NCDs and it also states that  Overseas Development Assistance for NCDs has not… Read the full article >

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UGANDA: BAT Campaign Smothering Tobacco Law

(The Independent) Uganda is out of step with other East African countries such as Tanzania and Kenya which have enacted tobacco control law. Any avid reader of the print media in the past few months will have noticed a sustained campaign against the proposed Tobacco Control Bill 2011, perpetrated by the Ugandan tobacco industry. The… Read the full article >

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What are E-cigarettes? Are they harmful? What is ASH doing about them?

An e-cigarette is a device that uses electricity from a small battery to vaporize a tobacco-containing solution, producing a vapor that is inhaled. The vapor includes nicotine, the addictive chemical found in other tobacco products, and the e-cigarette is designed to look like a cigarette. While e-cigarette manufacturers claim that their products are safe, they… Read the full article >

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WHO: World No Tobacco Day – MAY 31, 2012

(31, May 2012) This year’s theme for World No Tobacco Day is “Tobacco Industry Interference”.  The focus is on the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry’s attempts to undermine global tobacco control efforts.  For more information please visit the WHO website.

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PAFNCD 2012

On May 8-9 I attended in Brasilia, Brazil, the first working meeting of the Pan American Forum for Action on Noncommunicable Diseases (PAFNCD) http://new.paho.org/panamericanforum/ , an initiative of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) that confronts the Noncommunicable (NCD) epidemic in the Americas by mobilizing different interest groups to prevent and control chronic… Read the full article >

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Costing Tools

Tobacco use has been determined to be very costly to society as you can see in this  Harvard- World Economic Forum publication  http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Harvard_HE_GlobalEconomicBurdenNonCommunicableDiseases_2011.pdf. According to a recent American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation report the annual economic burden of tobacco related illnesses exceeds total annual health expenditures in low and middle income countries. On… Read the full article >

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