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December 2, 2014

Powerful Mass Media Campaign Warns Kenyans About the Dangers of Secondhand Smoke

(Nairobi, Kenya and New York, USA) – A national mass media campaign entitled “Tobacco Kills – Quit Now!” is being launched today across Kenya by Dr. Khadijah Kassachoon, the Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Health, to warn people about the harmful effects of smoking tobacco and particularly the harms of second-hand tobacco smoke to the unborn, babies and young children; and to encourage smokers to heed the country’s smoke-free laws and to quit smoking. The Ministry of Health (MoH), with technical and financial support from World Lung Foundation, is undertaking this important mass media campaign, which combines public service announcements (PSAs) on TV and radio and community posters in both Swahili and English.

December 1, 2014

Progress on AIDS Heartening – But There are Still Too Many New Infections and Deaths

“The dedication of so many governments, public health professionals, NGOs, researchers and scientists has led to massive progress in the global fight against AIDS. The fact that HIV infections in children under 15 have reduced by 58 percent since 2001 is a brilliant achievement. And the number of AIDS-related deaths has fallen by 35 percent since the peak in 2005.

November 30, 2014

Beijing Passes Comprehensive Ban on Smoking in All Indoor Public Places in a Historic Step to Improv

November 28, 2014, New York, USA) – The Beijing Municipal People’s Congress has made Beijing the world’s largest smokefree city. The Congress passed a ban on smoking in indoor public places, in some outdoor public places and on public transport.

November 12, 2014

Thamini Uhai Persuades More Pregnant Women in Kigoma to Deliver Babies in Health Facilitiies

The Government of Kigoma reported promising initial results of Thamini Uhai (Value Life), a radio and community outreach campaign launched in October, aimed at increasing the number of women delivering their babies in health facilities. Delivering at a health facility is the best way of ensuring the health of mothers and babies.

October 31, 2014

New Campaign Urges Policymakers to Introduce High Tobacco Taxes to Protect Vietnamese Youth

(Hanoi, Vietnam) – Today, the Vietnam Steering Committee on Smoking and Health (VINACOSH) launched a new national mass media campaign to call for high tobacco taxes that would help to deter Vietnamese youth from starting to smoke.

October 28, 2014

Shocking New Ad Featuring Oral Cancer Victim, Sunita, Creating Powerful Responses

Sunita, which was launched in August by the Honorable Union Minister of Health, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, is now being broadcast to people across India. The 30-second Public Service Announcement (PSA) has been translated into 17 languages .

October 23, 2014

World Too Slow to Act on TB

The Global Tuberculosis Report 2014 points to some progress in the fight against TB but also confirms that there are almost half a million more cases than had been previously estimated. the report includes calls for more urgent action to fund the diagnosis and treatment of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB).

October 16, 2014

Online Cigarette Pack Images Resource Unveiled at COP6 to Help African Governments Cost-Effectively

Key stakeholders from governments across Africa are attending COP6, enabling the Convention Secretariat to promote this new tool to the potential user base. Over 50 images, which were rigorously tested among smokers and non-smokers in Africa and proven to be highly effective, will be available to governments at no cost.

October 15, 2014

Tobacco – The Killer Crop: Unveiled at COP6 Encourages Governments to Support Farmers to Switch crop

Film highlights devastating economic, environmental and health impact of tobacco cultivation, Shows benefits to farmers who have switched to alternative livelihoods

October 13, 2014

Philippines Government Makes Progress Towards Large Graphic Warning

The Government of the Philippines is progressing long overdue legislation to introduce large graphic health warnings on cigarette packaging. The Picture Based Health Warning Act requires graphic health warnings to appear on 50 percent of the front and back of all cigarette packs.

October 10, 2014

Government of Kigoma Launches Campaign to Persuade Women to Deliver in Health Facilities

The Government of Kigoma today launched Thamini Uhai (Value Life), a radio, outdoor, mobile phone and community outreach campaign aimed at increasing the number of women delivering their babies in health facilities.

First National Anti-Tobacco Campaign Will Save Lives of Thousands of Indonesians

Today Indonesia launched its first national mass-media anti-tobacco campaign, launched by the Ministry of Health in Jakarta, and congratulated the Government of Indonesia on this significant development in public health policy. The campaign, Panjaitan, is designed to increase awareness of the real health harms of smoking and features the hard-hitting testimony of Manat Hiras Panjaitan, a tobacco victim.

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