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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.

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.

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