International Updates

Dr. Margaret Chan’s speech: 100th International Women’s Day

Dr Margaret Chan Director-General Address to WHO staff on the occasion ofthe 100th anniversary of InternationalWomen’s Day Geneva, Switzerland, 8 March 2011 Colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, In 1968, the Philip Morris tobacco company introduced Virginia Slims. This was a cigarette designed, packaged, and aggressively marketed to young professional women. The ads usually contrasted an old-fashioned …

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Smoke-free zones: recent good practices from around the globe

TURKEY:   University campuses now ‘smoke-free zones’ – Today’s ZamanMarch 2, 2011 [Photo cutline]: The YÖK project has banned smoking on university campuses in an attempt to reduce the number of students smoking tobacco. The Higher Education Board’s (YÖK) “Smoke-free Campus” project has made university campuses the latest additions to the growing list of places …

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Last day today, 28 February: nominations for the 2011 Judy Wilkenfeld Award

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is still accepting nominations for the 2011 Judy Wilkenfeld Award for International Tobacco Control Excellence. To submit a nominee for the Judy Wilkenfeld Award for International Tobacco Control Excellence, please complete the nomination form located at the link below. Each nomination should be accompanied by letters from three additional individuals …

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Smoke-free Mexico City Success Due to Strong Advocacy

Smoke-free Mexico City Success Due to Strong Advocacy A recent article in Tobacco Control found that the coordinated efforts of advocates and policymakers led to the successful implementation of Mexico City’s 100% smoke-free law. The study outlines the development of Mexico City’s smoke-free law, identifies major implementation challenges faced, and describes the actions taken by …

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World No Tobacco Day 2011 Theme: The WHO FCTC

http://www.who.int/tobacco/wntd/2011/announcement/en/index.html World No Tobacco Day 2011 Theme: The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control 13 January 2011 – The World Health Organization (WHO) selects “The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control” as the theme of the next World No Tobacco Day, which will take place on Tuesday, 31 May 2011. The WHO Framework Convention on …

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World No Tobacco Day 2011: The WHO FCTC

http://www.who.int/tobacco/wntd/2011/announcement/en/index.html World No Tobacco Day 2011 Theme: The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control 13 January 2011 – The World Health Organization (WHO) selects “The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control” as the theme of the next World No Tobacco Day, which will take place on Tuesday, 31 May 2011. The WHO Framework Convention on …

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Study Finds Decreases in Childhood Asthma Hospitalizations after Smoke-free Law Implementation

Scotland’s Smoking, Health and Social Care Act banned smoking in all public places and workplaces as of March 26, 2006. Previous studies have shown that adoption of the comprehensive smoke-free law has been associated with reduced respiratory symptoms among workers in bars.  A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine examines the …

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Canada announces new picture warnings to cover 75% of package front and back

On Thursday December 30, Canada’s Minister of Health, Leona Aglukkaq, announced that a new set of 16 picture-based warnings on cigarette packages will be required.  These new warnings will cover 75% of the package front and back, up from the current 50%. Below (in both English and French) is the Canadian government’s news release regarding the …

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UK Governement Position on Plain Packaging

http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/@ps/documents/digitalasset/dh_122252.pdf ASH news release:  For immediate release:   30 November 2010 Public Health White Paper  –  A step in the right direction Responding to the Public Health White Paper launched today ASH broadly welcomed the emphasis placed on prevention and health improvement and the ring-fencing of money for public health. ASH supports in principle the setting …

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Fourth session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO FCTC

DEATH CLOCK to start COP 4 http://www.fctc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=457:death-clock-to-start-cop-4&catid=222:meeting-resources&Itemid=230     From the WHO-FCTC website:  http://www.who.int/fctc/en/ The fourth session of the Conference of the Parties will be held from 15 to 20 November 2010 at the conference centre of the Conrad hotel in Punta del Este, Uruguay (Parada 4 de la Mansa, Punta del Este, Maldonado). The …

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