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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.

September 19, 2017

New Global Burden of Disease Data Shows Vital Strategies Taking on World’s Leading Killers

Vital Strategies’ portfolio of work addresses the seven leading causes of mortality in the world, according to data in the recent Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study released by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

September 13, 2017

If Philip Morris is Serious About a Smokefree World, It Should Quit Tobacco Today

Vital Strategies has responded to the announcement from Philip Morris International Inc (PMI) that it intends to set up a “Foundation for a Smoke-Free World” in 2018.

September 12, 2017

Vital Strategies launches Resolve, a new $225 million global health initiative

The initiative aims to save more than 100 million lives by preventing heart attacks and strokes and will help countries close life-threatening gaps in epidemic preparedness and response. It will be implemented by a team of global health experts at Vital Strategies, a New York-based global health organization that works in more than 60 countries.

Vital Strategies Commends ban of the Tobacco Industry from United Nations Global Compact

The UN Global Compact announced their decision saying tobacco products are fundamentally misaligned with its commitment to advancing action towards the 2030 Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goal related to health.

September 11, 2017

Myanmar Cancer Victims Reveal Deadly Dangers of Betel Chewing in New National Media Campaign

This also is the first campaign in Myanmar to feature the dramatic testimonial stories of real tobacco victims – four men who contracted oral cancer because of their betel quid chewing habit. The six-week campaign was developed with technical assistance from Vital Strategies and will be broadcast for six weeks on national television and radio channels in Myanmar.

September 7, 2017

Addis Ababa Announces Partnership for Healthy Cities Intervention at Speeding Campaign Launch

The Addis Ababa’s campaign will focus on the severe consequences of speeding, while bolstering enforcement efforts in the city to save lives.

Calls to Indonesia’s smoking quitline double thanks to powerful media campaign featuring tobacco victims

The campaign prominently featured the stories of two tobacco victims and the number of the Ministry of Health’s national quit smoking telephone line (“quitline”). Initial analysis suggests that the number of daily calls to the national quitline doubled while the campaign was being broadcast.

September 1, 2017

Vital Strategies Supports Shanghai Road Safety Efforts

Shanghai’s campaign will run through November and focus on seat belts as a life-saving mechanism that can dramatically reduce the likelihood of death and injury in a crash. The public service announcement (PSA) for the campaign conveys the message, “seat belts save lives for drivers and passengers, always wear a seat belt.”

August 22, 2017

Japan Tobacco’s $1.6 Billion Asian Acquisitions Are Bad News For Health in The Philippines and Indonesia

In both countries, nearly one in five male deaths and close to one in ten female deaths (9.4 percent in the Philippines and 8.1 percent in Indonesia) are related to tobacco use. In Indonesia, over 53 million adults and more than 2 million children use tobacco each day. In the Philippines, over 15 million adults and more than half a million children use tobacco each day.

August 18, 2017

Shameless: Guardian report reveals British American Tobacco profits in warzones through unethical and potentially illegal tactics

Vital Strategies joins other tobacco control advocates in urging the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate BAT and its subsidiaries for possible violations of the anti-bribery and accounting provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

August 16, 2017

Media campaign on smokeless tobacco generated more than 17 million additional quit attempts and prevented 120,000 premature deaths

World’s first study to find strong economic justification for using mass media campaigns to reduce smokeless tobacco use in low-and middle-income countries.

August 1, 2017

Governments aren’t doing enough to reduce the health and economic cost of preventable lung cancer

Lung cancer is the cause of 19.4 percent of all cancer deaths. It is the most common cause of cancer-related death in men and second most common cause of cancer-related death in women, after breast cancer. Globally, it kills around 1.7 million people every year.

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