Tobacco

New report: Tobacco control can save billions of dollars and millions of lives

10 January 2017 -- Policies to control tobacco use, including tobacco tax and price increases, can generate significant government revenues for health and development work, according to The economics of tobacco and tobacco control from WHO and the National Cancer Institute of the United States of America. Such measures can also greatly reduce tobacco use and protect people’s health from the world’s leading killers, like cancers and heart disease. But left unchecked, the tobacco industry and the deadly impact of its products cost the world’s economies more than US$ 1 trillion annually in healthcare expenditures and lost productivity.

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

The Seventh Session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (COP7) was held on 7–12 November, 2016 at Greater Noida, India.

Joint Regional Workshop for the Seventh Session of the Conference of the Parties to WHO-FCTC

The WHO South-East Asia Regional Office (SEARO) partnered with the Ministry of Health, Government of Maldives and the Convention Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) to organize a two-day regional workshop for the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control [COP7] on 21-22 September 2016 in Maldives.

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).