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Catch up on the latest news from Vital Strategies and hear from our experts on how we’re addressing the leading public health issues around the world.

March 3, 2015

Irish Parliament Passes Plain Packaging for Cigarettes

Today the Irish Parliament passed legislation to introduce plain standardised packaging for cigarettes in Ireland. The legislation stops the tobacco industry from using pack color and design to appeal to smokers and non-smokers.

February 27, 2015

Policies in Line With the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Save Lives

Over the past decade, the FCTC has played a central role in calling governments to commit to reducing the burden of tobacco. Critically, it has also provided governments with clear advice about proven strategies that actually reduce tobacco use.

February 24, 2015

Tobacco Control Mass Media Campaigns Needed To Respond to High Rates of Tobacco Use in India

To address the epidemic of smoked and smokeless tobacco use in India, State governments across India are urged to use a new, free mass media campaign resource that can help to build support for tobacco control and encourage people to quit, or never initiate tobacco use.

February 18, 2015

New Campaign Calls for Junk Food and Sugary Drinks to be Removed From Children’s Lives in Mexico

Policy measures and behavior change needed to protect future generations from a lifetime of obesity and illness.

February 4, 2015

With Strong Tobacco Control, Reducing Cancer is not Beyond Us

To slow the toll in low and middle income countries, the Sustainable Development Goals should include a commitment to implementing the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

January 22, 2015

Lung Health Care Capacity in Ethiopia Improved With Two Newly Trained Pulmonologists

The Training Initiative triples the number of pulmonologists in Ethiopia from one to three

December 23, 2014

Putting Tobacco Control Back on the Agenda is the Perfect Holiday Gift for Sustainable Development

“Tobacco control has a critical role to play in every aspect of sustainable development. Tobacco-related disease robs individuals of years of economic activity, negatively impacting families and economies. This doesn’t just relate to diseases traditionally associated with smoking; tobacco use is the one risk factor common to four major non-communicable diseases – cancers, cardiovascular and lung disease, and diabetes.”

December 15, 2014

Manufacturing is Only One of Many E-Cigarette Health Concerns

A statement regarding a feature story in the New York Times entitled “China’s E-Cigarette Boom Lacks Oversight for Safety”, which reveals real problems with the manufacture of e-cigarettes in China.

December 11, 2014

CDC Study Adds Further Proof that Hard-Hitting Media Campaigns are a Cost-Effective Way of Improving

World Lung Foundation (WLF) today welcomed a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which found that the CDC’s “Tips from Former Smokers” media campaign helped 100,000 smokers to quit and saved about 17,000 people from a premature death in the United States. This underlines the importance of communicating the specific harms of tobacco – whether through media campaigns or graphic pack warnings on cigarettes – in encouraging smokers to quit.

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.

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