Press Room

Vital Stories is a blog that covers topics of interest from our work. It includes commentary from our leadership program staff, and external partners.

January 12, 2018

New World Bank Report Reveals Cost of Inaction in Preventing Road Deaths and Injuries

New study estimates that five low and middle income countries could realize welfare benefits equivalent to 6 percent to 32 percent of the national GDP by reducing 50 percent of road deaths and injuries.

December 26, 2017

City of Accra Announces Campaign to Combat Drinking and Driving During Holiday Season

The campaign will run on social media and on billboards throughout the city through January. The campaign includes a victim testimonial, sharing the story of a woman who was hit by a car.

December 21, 2017

City of Bangkok Launches New Speeding Campaign to Save Lives During Deadly New Year’s Season

December 28 – January 3 is widely known as the “seven dangerous days” in Thailand due to historic peak in road
traffic deaths.

December 20, 2017

Open-CRVS (Civil Registration and Vital Statistics) Initiative Named “Best Bet” for Philanthropic Investment

The Vital Strategies Civil Registration and Vital Statistics initiative has been named a “Best Bet” in a new guide published by The Center for High Impact Philanthropy.

Reuters’ exposé about Philip Morris’s clinical trials for IQOS confirm continued unreliability of tobacco industry research

An exposé published by Reuters reveals significant concerns about research paid for and used by Philip Morris International to promote its heated tobacco product.

December 19, 2017

South Africa Health Promotion Levy Gains Presidential Assent

This life-saving policy, which is expected to be implemented on April 1, 2018, will increase the cost of most sugary drinks by an average of 11 percent.

December 7, 2017

Multinational food, soda and alcohol industries pose a health challenge that rivals tobacco

A new report from Vital Strategies – “Fool Me Twice” – exposes the tactics of food, soda and alcohol industries to derail policies that could save millions of lives.

December 1, 2017

To Improve Life Expectancy for People Living with HIV, Urgent Action Must Be Taken on Tuberculosis and Smoking Cessation

Over 34 million people are HIV-positive, but the world is falling short in addressing two major threats to their ability to live long and productive lives – Tuberculosis (TB) and tobacco use.

November 30, 2017

Media Campaign in Pakistan Uses Real Images of Tobacco’s Harms to Urge Smokers to Quit

The campaign graphically shows the many harmful illnesses caused by tobacco use, including lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and oral cancers, and calls on smokers to quit.

November 29, 2017

Caravan’s engaging events across 13 Filipino cities draw people to support the Sin Tax and increasing tobacco taxes

With potential increases in the Philippines’ successful Sin Tax in the balance, Vital Strategies has joined other anti-tobacco advocates in launching a “Smoke-free Caravan” (“Caravan”) that is rallying supporters across 13 Philippine cities and underscoring the positive impact higher tobacco taxes will have on public health and the country’s economy.

Vital Strategies welcomes BNP Paribas’ landmark decision to end financing and investment in tobacco-related businesses

Vital Strategies today applauded BNP Paribas on its decision to cease financing and investing in the activities of the tobacco industry.

November 28, 2017

New Hypertension Management Initiative in India Aims To Reduce Disability and Death From High Blood Pressure

Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies, applauds the launch of the India Hypertension Management Initiative, a collaborative project between the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, State Governments in India, the Indian Council of Medical Research, World Health Organization India and Resolve to Save Lives.

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