World No Tobacco Day 2016: Get ready for plain packaging

For this year's World No Tobacco Day, WHO and the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control are calling on countries to get ready for plain (standardized) packaging of tobacco products. Plain packaging refers to “measures to restrict or prohibit the use of logos, colours, brand images or promotional information on packaging other than brand names and product names displayed in a standard colour and font style (plain packaging).

An expert group consultation on alternative livelihood for tobacco farmers and workers

30-31 July, WHO/SERO, New Delhi, India: Experts from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Uganda, Thailand; representatives from agricultural departments, UNDP and from the civil society attended the two day consultation. Country and regional experiences on the topic were shared by the experts; role of UNDP, Bloomberg Partners and the civil society were identified at the panel sessions. Group works on identification of research agenda, regional strategies and rolling out the agenda for alternative livelihood were carried out.

Expert Group Consultation on Smokeless Tobacco use and Public Health in South East Asia Region Countries

27-29 July 2015 - More than 30 experts on smokeless tobacco from all over the world participated in this consultation. Experts developed Mumbai Call for Action for Governments, WHO and others stakeholders. WHO-SEARO was asked to compile information on SLT use and its consequences, as well as good practice policy interventions and policy gaps to be disseminated to Member States and stakeholders, in order to advance comprehensive policy response to address SLT.

Increase, enforce taxes to stop tobacco epidemic, says new global report

7 July 2015, According to the "WHO Report on the global tobacco epidemic 2015", launched today, not enough governments levy appropriate tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products. They therefore miss out on a proven, low-cost measure to curb the demand for tobacco, save lives and generate funds for stronger health services. The report found that raising taxes is the most effective tobacco control measure, yet the least implemented.