tobacco

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.

Combat against devastating effects of tobacco can only be won ‘if the UN stands united’ – UN health official

United Nations agencies must join forces at the policy level and refuse interference from tobacco companies in their programmes so the destructive impact of tobacco can be effectively addressed and lives can be saved, the head of the UN tobacco control treaty watchdog (WHO FCTC Secretariat) told UN News on Wednesday.

UN-backed treaty against illicit tobacco trade set to take effect in September

A United Nations-backed treaty aimed at stopping the illicit trading of tobacco products, is set to enter into force on 25 September, marking a diplomatic breakthrough in efforts to protect public health and strike back against the criminal organizations profiting from such deals.    

“Time bomb” of tobacco related diseases in Africa

The increased use of tobacco in Africa could lead to a “time bomb” of health- related problems according to the World Health Organization.

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