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

July 19, 2017

Tobacco Use Continues to Ravage Countries With Weak Tobacco Control Laws

Vital Strategies has welcomed the publication of the World Health Organization (WHO) report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2017. In this year’s report, it was revealed that 4.7 billion people – almost two-thirds of the world’s population, are now protected by at least one measure at the highest level of achievement.

July 18, 2017

Reuters’ Report Highlights The Tobacco Industry’s Disdain For Laws That Protect Health

Vital Strategies has commended Reuters on an investigative exposé that reveals fresh, concrete evidence from internal tobacco industry documents that Philip Morris and other players in the tobacco industry are intentionally contravening India’s tobacco control laws and encouraging others to break the law, in order to addict a new generation of smokers.

July 12, 2017

Tobacco Companies Are Threatening Governments in at Least Eight African Countries, For Using Proven Policies To Protect The Health of Their Citizens

Vital Strategies has commended The Guardian newspaper for exposing the tobacco industry’s insidious practices across a number of countries in Africa. The continent is seen as a major prize for the industry; without strong tobacco control policies.

Bangladesh Ministry’s Order on Tobacco Pack Warnings is a Victory for Health

Vital Strategies has congratulated the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in Bangladesh on a new order, obliging the tobacco industry to comply with the regulations on graphic health warnings to ensure they appear at the top of cigarette packs.

July 11, 2017

Vital Strategies Congratulates City of Fortaleza on New Drink Driving Campaign

Vital Strategies has congratulated city leaders in Fortaleza, Brazil, for the launch of a new mass media campaign aimed at curbing drink driving, a major road safety risk factor that contributes to over 1.25 million road-related deaths around the world annually.

June 14, 2017

Tax increases and warning campaigns and images are reducing India’s tobacco epidemic

Vital Strategies congratulates the Government of India on the findings of its research for the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) India (2017) study, which indicates that the proportion of adults (aged 15 years and over) using tobacco has decreased by 6 percent in the seven years.

June 2, 2017

Quitting the Paris Climate Agreement is bad for the world, worse for the USA

Vital Strategies has denounced President Trump’s decision to renege on the USA’s obligations under the Paris Climate Agreement.

May 31, 2017

Vital Strategies launches multi-language resource to support the fight against the tobacco epidemic

Vital Strategies today announced the launch of a new resource – Media Beacon – to support the fight against the global tobacco epidemic.

Bogor city, Indonesia asks citizens to “Show Your True Colors” to see tobacco’s harms

Vital Strategies congratulates the Mayor and the Head of the Department of Health of Bogor city on the launch of an innovative campaign to warn citizens about the dangers of tobacco and promote the city’s smokefree laws.

Powerful “TB Cough” campaign shows that tobacco use is fueling India’s tuberculosis epidemic

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India, has launched the world’s first national tobacco control mass media campaign to warn people of the increased risk of tuberculosis (TB) and dying from TB associated with smoking cigarettes or bidis, or being exposed to second-hand smoke.

May 25, 2017

A World Lung Day is needed to put the spotlight on lung health

At a side event today at the 70th World Health Assembly, Uruguay’s Public Health Minister joined experts from five global health organizations to call for urgent action to improve lung health and reduce the burden of respiratory disease, which accounts for five of the 30 most common causes of death.

May 23, 2017

Dr. Tedros the right choice to take WHO into the future

Vital Strategies has welcomed the appointment of Ethiopia’s Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of World Health Organization.

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