International Updates

American Cancer Society Announces 2015 Luther L. Terry Award Recipients

The American Cancer Society is pleased to share with the global tobacco control community the names of the recipients of the 2015 Luther L. Terry Awards for Exemplary Leadership in Tobacco Control. The awards are named for the late United States Surgeon General Luther L. Terry, MD, who led the landmark 1964 Surgeon General’s report that …

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HongKong University study reveals smoking kills half of all elderly smokers: Government should strengthen tobacco control policies

The School of Public Health of The University of Hong Kong, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine (HKU) and the Department of Health conducted a 11-year follow-up study based on the data from 18 Elderly Health Centres (EHCs) and found that, among elderly smokers aged 65 or above, at least one out of two was …

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2015 Judy Wilkenfeld Award Call for Nominations

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is accepting nominations for the 2015 Judy Wilkenfeld Award for International Tobacco Control Excellence. The Judy Wilkenfeld Award is given annually to an advocate from a low- or middle-income country who has worked to significantly reduce tobacco use through policy advocacy and who exemplifies the traits for which Judy was …

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Government’s proposal for a levy on tobacco industry welcomed by ASH UK

ASH warmly welcomed the announcement in today’s Autumn Statement that the Government will soon be launching a consultation on introducing a levy on the tobacco industry.  In his Statement published today, the Chancellor stated: “Smoking imposes costs on society, and the government believes it is therefore fair to ask the tobacco industry to make a greater …

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Beijing adopts smoking ban for public places: state media

BEIJING: China’s capital on Friday passed a smoking ban for all indoor public places and offices, state media reported, despite the failure of past attempts to limit where the country’s 300 million smokers can light up. The new regulation comes into force in June and also bans tobacco advertising outdoors, on public transport and on …

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The Tobacco Control Database for the WHO European Region

The Tobacco Control Database for the WHO European Region is a web based information system containing country-specific data in three key areas of tobacco control: Prevalence of tobacco use; Tobacco control policy and legislation, and Status of implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) in the WHO European Region.  The database …

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COP6 Final Decisions available in English

English versions of final decisions from the sixth session of the Conference of Parties (COP6) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) held in Moscow from 13-18 October 2014 are now available for download from the FCTC Secretariat website: http://apps.who.int/gb/fctc/E/E_cop6.htm. Among the major decisions are the unanimous adoption of tobacco taxation (Article 6) guidelines, …

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WHO calls for ban on flavoured e-cigarettes

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for regulations to prohibit addition of flavours to e-cigarettes, as this would make the youth more dependent on electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia, said the increasing popularity of e-cigarettes threatened to undermine years of hard work. “The argument …

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