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.

World No Tobacco Day 2015: Stop illicit trade of tobacco products

Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

For World No Tobacco Day 2015, we are calling on countries to work together to end the illicit trade of tobacco products.

From many angles, the illicit trade of tobacco products is a major global concern, including health, legal and economic, governance and corruption.

National Summit on Tobacco: Towards a Tobacco Free Sri Lanka

29-30 April 2015 - A National Summit on Tobacco, entitled Towards a Tobacco Free Sri Lanka: Eliminating Tobacco as a Public Health Problem was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 29-30 April 2015. It was organized by the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol and the World Health Organization, in partnership with many other agencies such as the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka Medical Association and the Alcohol and Drug Information Centre.

WHO and Ministry of Health launch Anti-Tobacco Campaign in Timor

23 January, Timor: "Smoking Kills." The facts speak for themselves. "One in every two smokers will DIE of a tobacco related illness." This was the powerful message delivered by WHO and the Ministry of Health Timor-Leste during the launch of their Anti-Tobacco media campaign earlier today.


Dr Nyo Nyo Kyaing
Regional Advisor,
Tobacco Free Initiative

Dr Dhirendra Narain Sinha
Regional Adviser,
Surveillance, (Tobacco Control)

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