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Vital Strategies' programs and public health experts in the news

April 11, 2018
Face 2 News

Punjab Commences `India Hypertension Management Initiative' Programme For Detection And Treatment Of Hypertension

The Punjab Government launched the ‘India Hypertension Management Initiative’ (IHMI) programme for detection and treatment of people suffering from hypertension.

April 9, 2018
U.S. News & World Report

How to Sell a Soda Tax

Taxes on sugary beverages are all the rage for public health advocates, but sweet success depends on the playbook.

April 7, 2018
Real Clear Politics

On World Health Day, Are We Ready for the Next Outbreak?

For the first time in modern history, the Ebola virus reached cities with daily flight service to major global hubs in Africa and Europe. Left unchecked, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated the virus would have infected as many as 1.4 million people in the span of just a few months.

April 6, 2018
The New York Times

TB Treatment May Leave Some Patients Contagious

TB, now the leading infectious killer worldwide, takes over 1.5 million lives per year. Treatment lasts at least six months and can cause serious side effects, making it difficult for patients to stick to it.

April 5, 2018
Deecan Chronicles

Lifestyle disease survey in 6 districts of Kerala

The state government of Kerala launched a comprehensive programme to assess the prevalence of NCDs among people 30 years of age and higher.

April 2, 2018
The Citizen

How secondhand smoke hurts children

Globally, about 40 percent of children are exposed to secondhand smoking.

March 29, 2018
The Hindu

Major initiative to control BP, diabetes

The Health Department is launching a major initiative as part of a national programme for developing a registry for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) with focus on protocol-based standardized management of diabetes and hypertension

March 29, 2018

Where Smoking Kills, and Why

Tuberculosis continues to be a formidable killer around the world due to tobacco use.

March 29, 2018
The Telegraph

Mapped: the global epidemic of 'lifestyle' disease in charts

Although often referred to as lifestyle issues – implying personal choice – the rapid spread of NCDs around the world suggests they are a more universal problem, correlating strongly with economic development and urbanisation.

March 27, 2018
Live Mint

Nudging people towards a healthier life

People are often victims of their environment and bounded rationality, and government policy can help make the necessary corrections.

March 26, 2018

India can’t eliminate tuberculosis by 2025 without curbing smoking

More people die of tuberculosis (TB) in India than anywhere else in the world.
In 2016 alone, an estimated 423,000 Indians lost their lives to the infectious disease, accounting for nearly a third of global TB-related deaths.

March 23, 2018

How Fast Can An Outbreak Be Detected?

Preventing an epidemic is a tough mission in any country, especially a nation lacking in resources.

March 23, 2018
Modern Ghana

Teenage Smokers; How Ghana’s Low Excise Tax On Cigarette Encourages The Deadly Habit

Ghana currently imposes an excise tax of only 13.02 percent on the retail price of cigarettes which is about 56 percent below the WHO benchmark contributing significantly to the low price of cigarettes in the country.

March 22, 2018
Business Insider

Despite government efforts, 625,000 Indian children still use tobacco daily

The WHO’s Global Adult Tobacco Survey estimated that the total number of smokers in India fell by 8.1 million between 2009 and 2017. Yet, 625,000 children still use tobacco in the country on a daily basis.

March 21, 2018
The Washington Post

Longtime AIDS researcher Robert Redfield picked to lead CDC

Robert Redfield, a professor at the University of Maryland's School of Medicine, was named the new director of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

March 20, 2018

Over 6.25 lakh Indian children smoke cigarettes daily, claims report

A study from the Tobacco Atlas shows that over 6.25 lakh children aged 10-14 smoke cigarettes every day.

March 19, 2018
The National

UAE smoking poll: only one in four have changed their habit since introduction of 'sin tax'

The latest figures into smoking habits in the UAE offer the first indicator of the impact of government measures introduced in October to encourage more people to quit.

March 19, 2018

Over half a million children in India are smoking cigarettes everyday

Tobacco companies have increasingly been targeting the youth with over 625,000 Indian children aged between 10 and 14 years smoke cigarettes every day.

March 19, 2018
Financial Express

A cancer survivor, here is NCP Chief Sharad Pawar’s biggest regret in life

Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar opened up about one of his biggest regrets in life: being prone to the use of tobacco.

March 18, 2018
The National

Electronic heated-tobacco products 'Just as harmful as conventional cigarettes' study finds

Experts reports that although heated tobacco devices such as IQOS may be less damaging than conventional cigarettes, their use is still likely to be detrimental to health.

March 17, 2018
The National

Doctors call for 'minimum pricing' plan for tobacco after introduction of UAE's sin tax

Although the prices of most cigarette packages are now much higher, very cheap brands continue to linger on the shelves and appeal to low income smokers and young people.

March 17, 2018
Hindustan Times

6.25 lakh children smoke cigarettes daily in India

Despite lowering tobacco use in recent years, India is home to an estimated 625,000 child smokers aged 10–14 years, according to the Tobacco Atlas.

March 17, 2018
The Morung Express

Over 6.25 Lakh Children Smoke Cigarette in India Daily

Tobacco consumption claims 17,887 lives in India every week.

March 17, 2018
News Heads

Cigarette Smoking in India: More Than 6.5 Lakh Children Smoke Daily, says Tobacco Atlas report

More than 429,500 boys and 195,500 girls in India smoke cigarettes each day.

March 16, 2018
Times of India

Over 6.25 lakh children smoke cigarette in India daily: Study

Although fewer children smoke cigarettes in India than on average in medium HDI nations, more than 429,500 boys and 195,500 girls smoke cigarettes each day,

March 16, 2018
The Health Site

Smokers with a persistent cough are urged to get tested for TB

TB killed 432,000 Indians in 2016 - more than 1,183 every day.

March 16, 2018
Asian News International

Government mass media campaign highlights the link between tobacco and TB

Mass media campaign, 'Cough' will support progress towards the target of eliminating TB by 2025, five years ahead of the global TB elimination target of 2030.

March 15, 2018

ILO chief wants to cut ties with big tobacco. Will the governing body heed the call?

More than 200 organizations globally called on ILO’s governing body to put in place policies prohibiting further collaboration with the tobacco industry.

March 15, 2018
Asian Tribune

WCTOH to ILO: cut ties with the tobacco industry

At the concluding ceremony of the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH), one of the declaration called upon the International Labour Organization (ILO) to "align itself with the decision of the UN Economic and Social Council and end its collaboration with the tobacco industry immediately."

March 15, 2018
Economic Times

Government mass media campaign highlights the link between tobacco and TB

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has re-launched “Cough,” a national mass media campaign to warn citizens about the links between TB and tobacco use.

March 14, 2018

Smoking has risen 50% in Africa over 35 years even as it drops in high-income regions

Big Tobacco’s fastest growing markets are in Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean where regulations are lax and populations are growing, according to the latest edition of the Tobacco Atlas.

March 14, 2018
The Citizen

How we kept pace with health data journalism training in South Africa

20 African journalist participate in a workshop on the effective use of data in public health reporting at the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health.

March 14, 2018
The Media Line

Still Smoking: Middle East Tobacco

The Tobacco Atlas reports cigarette consumption in the Middle East has remained stable over the past decade, at an estimated 400 billion cigarettes per year, though this represents an increase of 100 billion since 1999.

March 13, 2018
India Today

Tobacco industry profits USD 9k from every smokers death

The world's biggest tobacco companies make a profit equivalent to USD 9,730 for the death of each smoker, an increase of 39 per cent since the last Atlas was published.

March 13, 2018
Cape Town Etc

This is how much South Africa really smokes

Smoking has come into focus in South Africa after the Department of Health’s Direct-General Precious Matsoso confirmed that proposals to change South Africa’s smoking laws would be presented by the end of this month.

March 13, 2018
Global Health Now

Inside Resolve’s Global Health Mission to Save 100 Million Lives

Tom Frieden launches Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative focusing on cardiovascular disease and epidemics and saving 100 million lives in 30 years.

March 13, 2018
Business Tech

Here’s how many South Africans still smoke every day

According to the Tobacco Atlas, more than 42,100 South Africans are killed by tobacco-caused disease every year.

March 12, 2018

Tobacco Companies Are Targeting New Markets. Here's What The WHO And Bloomberg Are Doing About It

Tobacco Atlas details, tobacco marketers have been as adaptable as planarian flatworms, able to adjust to the world's changing landscape.

March 10, 2018
Ghana Web

Big tobacco companies targeting the world’s most vulnerable to increase profits

The sixth edition of the Tobacco Atlas found that the tobacco industry is targeting vulnerable populations in emerging markets, such as Africa, Asia and the Middle East, where people are not protected by strong tobacco control regulations.

March 9, 2018
Financial Times

The vast gender gap in health

The World Conference on Tobacco and Health ramped up the rhetoric against Big Tobacco, accusing the industry of targeting vulnerable populations where regulations are weak.

March 9, 2018
Maravi Post

Tobacco kills 5,700 in Malawi yearly—Global atlas report

The Tobacco Atlas, released by The American Cancer Society and Vital Strategies, ranks Malawi among low-income countries paying a huge cost for not replacing tobacco with smoke-free crops.

March 9, 2018
MedPage Today

Tobacco Control Policies Working, Report Finds

As smoking rates continue to drop in countries with aggressive anti-tobacco policies, Big Tobacco is increasingly targeting areas where the interventions are virtually non-existent, a new report charges.

March 9, 2018
The Journal IE

Big Tobacco made €7,900 for every dead smoker in 2015, according to a new report

The sixth edition of the Tobacco Atlas, co-authored by the American Cancer Society and Vital Strategies shows that, while progress has been made in controlling the spread of tobacco use, inroads are being made by the industry in parts of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

March 9, 2018
The Maravi Post

Tobacco kills 5, 700 in Malawi yearly

Tobacco remains the largest export for Malawi, killing 5,700 a year.

March 9, 2018

Smoking kills 3,000 people each year in UAE

Smoking related deaths and illnesses cost the country about $569 million in 2016 in lost productivity and health expenses.

March 9, 2018
The Guardian

How children around the world are exposed to cigarette advertising

Research in more than 22 countries found cigarettes are being sold and promoted near schools by an industry that needs to recruit the young to maintain profits

March 9, 2018
Jamaica Observer

Schools a health threat instead of place of safety

According to the health minister, the survey revealed that 80 per cent of parents with children younger than 16 years old, are concerned about the effects of sugary drinks on their children's health, while 61 per cent of parents are either very concerned or extremely concerned about their child's access to sugary drinks at school.

March 8, 2018
Medical Xpress

Report: Big tobacco is targeting the world's most vulnerable to increase profits

The sixth edition of The Tobacco Atlas and its companion website finds the tobacco industry is increasingly targeting vulnerable populations in emerging markets, such as Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, where people are not protected by strong tobacco control regulations.

March 8, 2018
Journal du Cameroun

Africa increasing becoming battle ground for anti-tobacco fight, Group warns

Most countries in sub-Saharan Africa have inadequate monitoring of tobacco use, according to the Tobacco Atlas, a report on the global tobacco control efforts and challenges.

March 8, 2018
The National

Almost 3,000 smoking-related deaths a year in UAE, report shows

Smoking killed more than 2,900 people in the UAE in 2016 and cost the country $569 million in lost productivity and health care costs, according to the latest report on global smoking.

March 8, 2018
The National

Illegal 'white' cigarettes make up a third of UAE's sales: report

The Tobacco Atlas report of 2018 has warned of the growth of markets supporting illicit ‘white’ cigarettes claiming a third of manufacturers are operating from free trade zones.

March 7, 2018
Malaysian Digest

From Losing A Loved One To Almost Losing Their Lives, These Are The Confessions Of Tobacco Victims

While the Health Ministry has aimed to make Malaysia a smoke-free nation by 2045 and subsequently declared smoke-free zones in public areas last year, the reality is that the number of smokers continue to grow.

March 7, 2018
The Guardian

Michael Bloomberg launches tobacco industry watchdog

A new global watchdog agency has been launched to monitor the tobacco industry with $20m of philanthropic funding amid fears of dirty tactics by cigarette companies hit by declining smoking rates in the west.

March 6, 2018
Graphic Online

20 African journalists attend workshop in South Africa

Twenty selected journalists from five African countries will take part in a workshop on data journalism at the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH).

March 3, 2018
Modern Ghana

Global Cancer Ambassador For Ghana To Attend World Conference On Tobacco

Mr. Jeorge Wilson Kingson, the Global Cancer Ambassador for Ghana and an advocate for tobacco control, will attend the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH).

March 3, 2018
My Joy Online

Luv FM’s Prince Appiah among 20 African journalists attending global conference on tobacco, health

Luv FM journalist, Prince Appiah, has been selected among 20 journalists to attend the World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) and participate in a journalism workshop on use of data in public health reporting.

March 1, 2018
The Lancet

Pollution and non-communicable disease: time to end the neglect

With growing recognition of pollution’s enormous global impacts, the time has come to end neglect of pollution, acknowledge that pollution is a major NCD risk factor

February 25, 2018
The Himalayan Times

Kathmandu Metropolitan City checks purchase and sale of tobacco products

Kathmandu Metropolitan City has forwarded a plan to strictly control purchase, sale and consumption of tobacco or smoking in public places in an attempt to promote healthier lifestyle.

February 22, 2018

High-level meeting on NCDs holds promise, and pitfalls

The presence of high-profile individuals in the commission gives advocates hope that more heads of state will participate, not just health ministers.

February 21, 2018
The Star Online

Pledging to make KL smoke-free

The city’s newly launched initiative aims to reduce the number of smokers and help educate non-smokers on the risks associated with second-hand smoke.

February 20, 2018

Number of obese years not -- just obesity -- a distinct risk factor for heart damage

Researchers report maintaining a healthy weight across the lifespan is important for keeping the heart healthy and minimizing damage as people age.

February 18, 2018
Jamaica Observer

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) last Tuesday launches new campaign

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) launched a new campaign focusing on the role of parents in preventing childhood obesity.

February 16, 2018
Intellectual Property Watch

WHO Names High-Profile Commission On Non-Communicable Diseases

Tom Frieden, President and CEO of Resolve, an initiative of Vital Strategies, was listed among 22 high level commission members in the fight against non-communicable diseases.

February 16, 2018

UN to development community: Think urban for the SDGs

As the international community gears up to review global progress toward Sustainable Development Goal 11, the so-called “urban SDG,” getting cities right is increasingly seen by many development experts as essential to deliver on the entire 2030 Agenda.

February 14, 2018
CBS News

Former CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden on the challenges of tackling the flu

Tom Frieden, the CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, a global health initiative that focuses on preventing epidemics and cardiovascular health, says this year's flu season, while worse than expected, didn't completely catch us off guard.

February 11, 2018
The Guardian

The Guardian view on childhood obesity: forget small steps, tackle big food

The tactics of big food are, as the global health organization Vital Strategies points out in its report Fool Me Twice, strikingly similar to those of big tobacco over the years. But big food has the advantage that everyone needs to eat, while no one needs to smoke, and that a biscuit does not damage health as a cigarette does.

February 8, 2018

Global health security's ticking clock, 'Global gag rule' at 6 months and Abraaj: this week in development

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is planning to cut back activities associated with the “global health security agenda,” a network of technical assistance efforts launched after the Ebola virus outbreak aimed at preparing countries around the world to better detect and respond to emerging pandemics.

February 7, 2018
The Times of India

One in five adults in city suffer from hypertension

A 2014 review of hypertension conducted by 'Resolve to Save Lives'— a five-year public health initiative of Vital Strategies funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, showed that about 33% urban and 25% rural Indians have high blood pressure.

February 5, 2018

Cuts to CDC epidemic programs will endanger Americans, former chief says

The CDC informed personnel in the past two weeks that it was discontinuing its work in 39 out of 49 countries where its Center for Global Health helps prevent, detect and respond to dangerous infectious disease threats, such as Ebola and the Zika virus.

February 1, 2018
The Washington Post

CDC to cut by 80 percent efforts to prevent global disease outbreak

Four years after the United States pledged to help the world fight infectious-disease epidemics such as Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is dramatically downsizing its epidemic prevention activities in 39 out of 49 countries because money is running out, U.S. government officials said.

January 31, 2018

The scandal that just forced the CDC director to resign, explained

Brenda Fitzgerald, the Georgia doctor who Trump appointed to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has resigned amid allegations of conflicts of interest.

January 26, 2018
Malnutrition Deeply

Taxing the World Out of Obesity

Taxes on sugar sweetened beverages have quickly become the most prominent strategy in the global push to reduce overweight and obesity, as well as linked non-communicable diseases (NCDs) that include diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

January 19, 2018
The Washington Post

This flu season keeps getting deadlier, and a shutdown will make things worse

During the second week of January, more people sought care for flulike illnesses than at any comparable period in nearly a decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention weekly report shows.

January 14, 2018
Economic Times India

We strive to save 100 million lives by implementing solutions to prevent heart disease

In an interview with ETHealthworld, Tom Frieden, President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, talks about his initiative to save lives and prevent epidemic by catalyzing country action to find, stop and prevent new disease threats.

January 11, 2018
The Washington Post

U.S. life expectancy is dropping. Here’s how to fix it.

Tens of millions more Americans now have high blood pressure. Almost half of all Americans -- 46% -- are now considered to be in the high blood pressure category based on new guidelines.

January 11, 2018

Why is the flu so bad this year?

Why does the flu seem to be so bad this year? And why doesn't the flu shot seem to be doing the trick? With Dr. Tom Frieden, former CDC director and now President andCEO of Resolve to Save Lives.

January 5, 2018
Financial Times

Government and Industry Must do More on NCDs

José Luis Castro, President and CEO of Vital Strategies, spoke to the Financial Times about the role governments and industry must play in the fight against NCDs.

December 26, 2017
FOX News

US Funding Can Save Millions of Lives Through Public Health Programs in 2018

An op-ed by Dr. Tom Frieden, CEO and President of the Resolve to Save Lives initiative looks at the challenges facing public health, particularly preventing heart attacks, strokes, drug overdoses and epidemics.

December 21, 2017

Biggest Global Health Moments of 2017

The Resolve to Save Lives initiative has been named among the top global health moments of 2017 by Devex.

December 18, 2017

New Data Gateway Helps Developing Countries Collect Crucial Information

The Data for Health initiative from Bloomberg Philanthropies has entered a new phase in supporting developing countries to improve the collection and registration of vital statistics, including births and deaths.

December 13, 2017
Gulf Today

Jawahar Extolls NCD Organisations

The second Global NCD Aliiance Forum has concluded with acknowledgement of some of the key NCD organisations that have made progress.

December 7, 2017

Are Food And Beverage Companies Re-Running The Big Tobacco Playbook?

Is this a re-run? That's what Vital Strategies is asking about various multi-national food, soda, and alcohol companies in its just released report entitled Fool Me Twice.

November 18, 2017
CBS News

Former CDC Director's New Effort to Tackle Global Health Issues

Resolve to Save Lives is a five-year, $225 million global health initiative that seeks to address major health issues on a global scale. Former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Resolve's president and CEO, Dr. Tom Frieden, joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss the two major areas the project focuses on: cardiovascular health and epidemic prevention.

November 17, 2017

Opinion: The Achille's Heel of the Sustainable Development Goals is a Lack of Data

Every year, 130 million babies are born, nearly one-quarter of whom will begin life without any official record of their existence. An even smaller percentage of annual deaths will have any meaningful record.

November 16, 2017
The Moscow Times

Ending Tuberculosis Starts in Moscow

Op-ed by José Luis Castro, President and CEO of Vital Strategies: A meeting of the world’s health ministers in Moscow could prove to be a pivotal moment on the road to ending tuberculosis (TB).

November 14, 2017

Nearly half of Americans now have high blood pressure, based on new guidelines

Dr. Tom Frieden, President and CEO of the Resolve to Save Lives initiative comments on America's new high blood pressure guidelines.

November 14, 2017

City creates Partnership for Healthy Cities

Cape Town joins the Partnership for Healthy Cities, an initiative that aims to reduce obesity by encouraging proper nutrition and healthy lifestyles.

November 13, 2017
Washington Post

Blood pressure of 130 is the new ‘high,’ according to first update of guidelines in 14 years.

The American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and nine other groups redefined high blood pressure as a reading of 130 over 80, down from 140 over 90.

November 13, 2017
Daily Mail

Is your blood pressure past 130/80?

New guidelines published by the American Heart Association add 30 million Americans to the 'hypertension' bracket."

October 29, 2017
The Hindu

Fighting The Silent Killer

Hypertension has become the biggest risk factor for heart attacks and stroke and is often detected only after deadly complications have occurred.

October 26, 2017
The Independent - Bangladesh

Tobacco Kills 100,000 People Annually: Zahid Maleque

The Health Ministry and Vital Strategy launched the 30-second long TV spot titled 'Bish Batas' to raise awareness about the impact of tobacco.

October 23, 2017

Stress Is A Public Health Concern, Too

Public health leaders from around the world are starting to acknowledge that the scope of their work must extend to underlying factors that cause risky behaviors, such as smoking.

October 23, 2017
Jamaica Observer

Kingston Joins 'Partnership For Healthy Cities'

The partnership will focus on a public awareness and policy campaign to accelerate and implement the serving of healthier foods in schools.

October 18, 2017
Deccan Herald

Almost Half Of B'lureans Are Passive Smokers, Says Survey

Bengaluru looks to become a smokefree city, after join the Partnership for Healthy Cities.

September 29, 2017
Financial Times

FT Health: Three questions with Dr. Tom Frieden

Dr. Tom Frieden discusses the new Resolve to Save Lives initiative with the Financial Times.

September 12, 2017
New York Times

Frieden’s Next Act: Heart Disease And Preparing For New Epidemics

Dr. Tom Frieden launches a global health initiative that focuses on cardiovascular health and epidemic preparedness - Resolve to Save Lives.

September 12, 2017
Wall Street Journal

Former CDC Director Frieden Takes Aim At Heart Disease, Epidemics

Dr. Tom Frieden leads Resolve, a $225 million initiative, that aims to tackle two global health issues: heart disease and epidemic preparedness.

September 12, 2017
Washington Post

Former CDC Chief Launches $225 Million Global Health Initiative

Dr. Tom Frieden leads a $225 million global health initiative to fight heart disease and stroke and infectious disease epidemics.

September 12, 2017

Former CDC Director Tom Frieden To Launch New Global Health Initiative

Dr. Tom Friedan launches Resolve, a new global health initiative that will prevent heart attacks, strokes, and epidemics with the goal of saving 100 million lives.

September 12, 2017

Tom Frieden's New Venture Combines Two Disparate Health Threats

Tom Frieden leads an initiative to reduce and prevent heart disease and stroke, and to increase worldwide preparedness for fighting epidemics.

September 12, 2017
The Guardian

Resolve Health Initiative Aims To Save 100m Lives Worldwide

Led by Dr. Tom Frieden, the Resolve initiative hopes to save millions with interventions such as epidemic preparedness, salt reduction and a trans fats ban.

August 18, 2017
The Guardian

Revealed: how British American Tobacco exploited war zones to sell cigarettes

Documents show how the world’s largest publicly traded tobacco company pursued growth and profit amid instability in African and Middle East countries.

August 3, 2017
The Straits Times

Clear Roadmap Needed On Journey To Becoming Smoke-free

Judith Mackay, an anti-tobacco advocate, has paved the way for tobacco control campaigns and smoke free countries in Asia.

July 13, 2017
The Guardian

Big tobacco still sees big business in America's poor

The US is pegged as an ‘exciting’ market, but this growth disproportionately affects the poor – including the industry’s growers and laborers

July 13, 2017
The Guardian

Tobacco companies tighten hold on Washington under Trump

Top White House figures – including the vice-president and health secretary – have deep ties to an industry whose donations began pouring in on day one

July 12, 2017
The Guardian

Threats, bullying, lawsuits: tobacco industry's dirty war for the African market

Revealed: In pursuit of growth in Africa, British American Tobacco and others use intimidatory tactics to attempt to suppress health warnings and regulation

July 12, 2017
The Guardian

How big tobacco has survived death and taxes

A casual observer could be forgiven for believing that the tobacco industry – for so long a fixture as permanent as its two main by-products, death and taxes – is itself on its last legs.

July 12, 2017
The Guardian

Nations That Cannot Fight Tobacco Industry Should Raise Taxes, Says WHO

The World Health Organization says many governments have neither the funds nor enough expertise to take on big tobacco companies.

July 12, 2017
The Guardian

Nairobi's Smoking Culture – In Pictures

The tobacco industry in east Africa poses a threat to the efforts to curb smoking through regulation.

July 12, 2017
The Guardian

Inside the murky world of Nairobi's smoking zones

The Kenyan government has cracked down on cigarettes with a ban on advertising and smoking in public, driving the habit into the shadows.

July 12, 2017
The Guardian

The Guardian view on big tobacco: stop the spread - Editorial

Companies like British American Tobacco are using the same tactics they used in the global north to delay legislation in the global south

June 23, 2017

A Peek Into Bloomberg's New Public Health Initiative

Bloomberg will launch a global health initiative, working with cities across the globe to implement interventions in non-communicable diseases and injury prevention.

June 22, 2017
Asia Times

Global Data Initiative: Making The Invisible Visible

An estimated two billion people, or roughly 40% of the world’s population, are invisible and have no formal proof of their existence, such as a birth certificate. The Data for Health initiative is helping change this.

June 9, 2017

‘Part Of The New Reality’: Despite Confusion, Zika Warnings Are Here To Stay

Despite public confusion over whether Zika remains a public health threat, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to warn women who are pregnant to avoid traveling to wide swathes of Latin America and the Caribbean.

June 8, 2017
The Times of India

83% Of Road Mishap Victims In Mumbai Are Men

Digitisation of Mumbai Traffic Police's data on fatal accidents by the Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative for global road safety, has brought up key areas where interventions can be planned to save lives.

June 5, 2017
New Straits Times

Dr. Mackay, Tobacco Industry’s Worst Nightmare

Vital Strategies' Dr. Judith Mackay, an anti-tobacco advocate, has spent decades campaigning against tobacco in Asia since 1984.

June 2, 2017
Berita Satu TV Indonesia

Bogor City Holds World No Tobacco Day Event

Bogor City Government held a social campaign to commemorate World No Tobacco Day and increase public awareness of the dangers of smoking for health.

June 1, 2017
Indian Television

‘TB Cough' Shows Tobacco Use Fueling Tuberculosis Epidemic

India's ministry of health and family welfare launched the world's first tobacco control mass media campaign to warn people about the risk of tuberculosis associated with smoking cigarettes.

June 1, 2017
Business Standard

Powerful Campaign Shows Tobacco Use Fueling India’s Tb Epidemic

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India launched the world's first tobacco control mass media campaign to warn people about the risk of tuberculosis associated with smoking cigarettes.

May 31, 2017
Voice of America

Study: China Struggles To Kick World-leading Cigarette Habit

An estimated 316 million people smoke in China, almost a quarter of the population, and concerns are growing about the long-term effects on public health and the economy.

May 23, 2017
Voice of America News: Health Chat

Interview On Road Safety With Vital Strategies’ Karen Schmidt

May 22, 2017
Real Clear Health

New Leader Of The World Health Organization Must Bring Deep Reform

Op-ed by José Luis Castro, President and CEO of Vital Strategies: The key to change at WHO will be a leader that can strategically improve the organization’s overall management.

May 12, 2017
China Daily

Big Cigarette Warnings Needed To Cut Deaths

Vital Strategies' Dr. Judith Mackay dismisses tobacco industry’s arguments that larger images of smoking’s dangers will drive illicit trade.

May 9, 2017
Asia Times

UN Safety Drive Aims To Get Motorists To Slow Down

Op-ed by Tom Carroll, Senior Advisor, Vital Strategies: Speed has become the core factor of road traffic injury as one in three road traffic deaths occur because of speed.

May 9, 2017
Ithaca College

Sustainability And Indonesia’s Tobacco Epidemic

By Enrico Aditjondro, Associate Director, Vital Strategies: Sustainable media campaigns are essential in the fight to reduce tobacco use and smoke related deaths.

May 3, 2017
The Daily Star

Discourage Tobacco Consumption

Letter to the Editor: Shafiqul Islam, Bangladesh Country Advisor, Vital Strategies urges governments to implement tobacco taxes and regulations that deter citizens and particularly the youth from consuming tobacco.

April 26, 2017
The Hindu

Traffic Police Get Lessons On Road Safety

Mumbai holds a three day workshop to provide the Mumbai traffic police with better skills in road safety and the enforcement of wearing a helmet.

April 11, 2017
Asian Journal

Cigarettes: The Macho Killers

Aggressive tobacco control campaigns are essential to shifting the smoking culture, which has been normalized by the tobacco industry.

April 4, 2017
Real Clear Health

Treat E-Cigarettes with Extreme Caution and Skepticism to Protect Health

By Dr. Neil Schluger, Senior Advisor, Vital Strategies: The public health community has been divided on the use of e-cigarettes, but the evidence shows there is reason for extreme caution about embracing e-cigarettes.

March 27, 2017
CBS News

"Verbal autopsies" could reveal how millions live and die

Verbal autopsies have provided a research method to determine the probable cause of death when no formal medical records of the deceased may exist.

March 2, 2017
The Daily Star

Spend surcharge from tobacco products to prevent diseases

The spending of health development surcharges in tobacco control can save millions in non-communicable disease prevention.

March 2, 2017
The National News Agency of Bangladesh

Strategic tobacco control workshop held in Dhaka

Vital Strategies held a tobacco control workshop, stressing the importance of effective tobacco control and reducing tobacco use in Bangladesh.

March 2, 2017
The Independent - Bangladesh

Experts suggest pictorial campaigns against tobacco

Vital Strategies calls for more awareness campaigns to help reduce tobacco use in Bangladesh.

February 27, 2017

How Bloomberg's Data for Health initiative is helping reshape Australian aid

For the first time, programs covering everything from infant mortality rates to traffic deaths can draw from a robust body of data.

February 21, 2017
The Sunday Times

Cut diabetes, obesity down to size

Obesity imposes a heavy burden on South Africans, with obesity-related diseases such as heart disease and diabetes accounting for 43% of deaths in the country.

February 19, 2017
The Guardian

How to win the war on air pollution

Letter to the Editor: Much of urban pollution stems from outside city limits and significant progress will only be achieved with policies that also require national, regional and even international commitment.

February 19, 2017

Activists Empower Yogyakarta Residents to Show Their True Colors and Reject Tobacco Industry Exploitation

Vital Strategies congratulated health advocates, artists and the people of Kali Code village, Yogyakarta, on the unveiling of "Show Your True Colors,"

February 12, 2017
The Indian Express

Ministry report: ‘COTPA implementation poor in films, TV shows’

A study conducted by the World Health Organization and Vital Strategies, found that only 27 per cent films implemented anti-smoking messages, as required under the rule.

February 9, 2017
The New York Times

LTE: José Luis Castro: The Gag Rule, Expanded

José Luis Castro, president and chief executive officer of Vital Strategies, responds to the expanded global gag rule that defunds organizations with family-planning activities.

February 8, 2017

This Brazilian mayor aims to shock motorcycle riders into wearing helmets

In an effort to curb such preventable deaths, Fortaleza is launching a public safety campaign to encourage helmet use.

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