Press Room

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.

June 15, 2009

Survey Finds More than Half of Metro Manila Citizens Inhale Second-Hand Smoke Every Day

The first results of a survey that shows 52% of Metro Manila citizens are exposed to second-hand smoke every day in workplaces, restaurants and other public spaces.

June 11, 2009

India Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Laucnhes New Tobacco Control Campaign

The nationwide campaign, called ‘Sponge,’ is being aired across 40 TV and 28 radio channels until July 2009 in five languages – English, Hindi, Tamil, Gujarti and Bengali.

May 31, 2009

World No Tobacco Day Marked with New Counter-Marketing and Advertising Campaigns

On World No Tobacco Day, we are partnering with government health ministries in China and India to launch new tobacco counter‐marketing campaigns in those countries, where the largest populations of smokers in the world reside.

May 6, 2009

Survey Indicates Fewer People in Beijing and Shanghai Intended to Give Cigarettes

A post-campaign survey showed the number of people who reported they would buy cigarettes as gifts decreased from 45% to 24% in Beijing and from 23% to 12% in Guangzhou after airing the public service advertisement.

April 22, 2009

UK Government Commended on Tobacco Tax Increase

Abundant research and economic modeling has shown that consumption will decrease meaning that there is a real, tangible public health benefit from at least this part of the budget.

April 7, 2009

Calls for Emergency Medical Services to Protect Rural Populations

The World Health Organization’s emphasis for World Health Day 2009 is on the resilience and safety of health facilities and the health workers who treat those affected by emergencies. Many of the world’s rural areas, however, have very few trained health workers and almost no emergency facilities.

Norwegian Government Applauded for Divesting Tobacco Stocks from Government Pension

We applaud the Norwegian government for divesting its government pension fund of stocks that profit from tobacco. By doing so, the Norwegian Ministry of Finance has drawn a clear ethical boundary between itself and an industry that has proven it is willing to compromise its customers’ health for profit.

April 3, 2009

Senior Advisor Wins British Medical Journal Lifetime Achievement Award

Senior Advisor Dr. Judith Mackay was awarded the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award at the BMJ Group Awards in London. The BMJ Group Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in healthcare across the globe.

March 24, 2009

Calls For Investment in National Tuberculosis Programs

According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Tuberculosis Control Report 2008, nine million people around the world die annually from the disease, which is totally curable.

March 9, 2009

New Edition of The Tobacco Atlas Catalogues Catastrophic Toll of Tobacco Worldwide

According to The Tobacco Atlas, tobacco’s estimated $500 billion drain on the world economy exceeds the total combined annual expenditure on health in all low-and middle-income countries.

February 23, 2009

Congress Urged to Grant Regulatory Power on Tobacco to US FDA

The only way to ensure ethical marketing practices is through clear, enforceable regulation.

February 9, 2009

G7 Finance Ministers Urged to Honor Pledges to Global Funds for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria

World Lung Foundation urges the governments of the G7 to move immediately to fill the funding gap faced by the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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