tobacco

COVID-19 cases worldwide hit 12 million

COVID-19 cases globally have more than doubled in the past six weeks, reaching 12 million on Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported.

News in Brief 29 May 2020

  • UN’s rights chief condemns ‘caste’ killing in Nepal
  • UN human rights office welcomes online action to remove misinformation
  • Nine in 10 smokers start before they are 18 years old, warns WHO
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News in Brief 19 December 2019

  • Tobacco use falling at last among males, says WHO 
  • Cholera cases decreased globally by 60 per cent in 2018: WHO 
  • Terror threat in Nigeria’s north-east inspires musical of hope 
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News in Brief 15 August 2019

  • Children’s lives’ in Mediterranean Sea must take priority over politics, says UNICEF 
  • UN steps up efforts against Dengue fever in Yemen 
  • WHO welcomes Switzerland’s decision to end tobacco deal at Dubai Expo 
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UN sees progress in fight against tobacco, warns more action needed to help people quit deadly product

Progress is being made in the battle against the global tobacco epidemic, but more action is needed to help people quit the deadly products, according to a new report from the UN World Health Organization (WHO).  

News in Brief 24 May 2019

  • $7 million funding appeal to help most vulnerable children in Afghanistan
  • UN health agency applauds Brazilian compensation bid from tobacco giants
  • Myanmar refugees face even greater water shortages in Bangladesh camps
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‘Historic’ moment for tobacco control, says convention chief

The UN’s leading advocate for tobacco control has hailed as “historic” a decision by governments around the world to tackle illegal trade in the sector.  Dr Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, who leads the Secretariat of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), spoke with UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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News in Brief 02 October 2018

  • Humanitarians fear for Indonesia’s worst-hit quake areas
  • New cholera vaccine campaign underway in Yemen
  • Smoking destroys the environment and undermines sustainable development
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Tobacco control measures are working, but too slowly in less-developed countries: WHO

“Great progress” has been made in tackling tobacco consumption and saving lives but more needs to be done to challenge the industry’s attempts to “bypass” international regulations, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

Tobacco control, a ‘major component’ of environmental protection efforts – UN health official

From deforestation to soil degradation and pollution, tobacco production and its use by consumers, is “tremendously destructive” for the environment, although control measures can help curb its negative environmental effects, including the damaging impact of climate change, the head of the UN tobacco control treaty watchdog – formally known as the Secretariat of the WHO FCTC - has told UN News.