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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.

August 8, 2018

Uruguay Becomes First Country in Latin America to Implemented Plain Tobacco Packaging

Uruguay has again shown its regional and global leadership in tobacco control by becoming the first county in Latin America to implement plain standardized packaging for tobacco products.

August 1, 2018

Tobacco taxes key to stemming the world’s rising burden of lung cancer

On World Lung Cancer Day, Vital Strategies calls for stronger tobacco control policies – especially through targeted increases in tobacco taxes.

July 31, 2018

Indonesia Calls for Action on Air Pollution and Children’s Health

Experts called for action to address leading sources of air pollution in Indonesia, including peatland and forest fires, motor vehicles, coal-fired electric power generation, dust, open burning, and biomass burning, at a symposium called “The Air We Breathe”

July 30, 2018

New e-Learning Course helps solve global problem with mortality data

A new e-learning course for physicians on how to properly certify medical cause of death was launched today by Vital Strategies in partnership with six ministries of health in Africa. This is the first Medical Certification for Cause of Death (MCCOD) course designed specifically for the African region.

July 24, 2018

100 Organizations Pledge to Quit Tobacco

100 businesses, non-profits and universities have signed a pledge to Quit Big Tobacco, drawing a clear line between responsible business and an industry whose products kill 7 million people annually.

July 20, 2018

Health treaty gives governments the power to eliminate tobacco smuggling

The treaty aims to eliminate all forms of illicit trade in tobacco products, helping to ensure that governments receive the tax revenues that are due – which can be used to fund health and social programs.

June 28, 2018

Bold Action and Explicit Commitment Needed To Reduce Non-Communicable Diseases

Vital Strategies has joined more than 50 health experts to call for a bold, practical approach to reduce this global epidemic. Officials from ministries of health and the United Nations, leaders of civil society organizations, and academics have joined forces to co-sign a letter published in The Lancet.

World Trade Organization Backs Australia On Plain Tobacco Packaging

This ruling adds to those made in a number of national and international courts that adopting plain packaging is a legitimate action to protect public health.

June 25, 2018

Tobacco companies rob children of their education and their health

The Guardian’s new investigative reporting shines a light on the dark underbelly of the tobacco industry.

June 21, 2018

Most Countries Aren’t Prepared for the Next Epidemic

A new website,, spotlights gaps in preparedness and highlights actions countries, donors, activists, and organizations can take to fill them. 

Cannes Awards Has an Ethics Problem

Quit Big Tobacco campaign identifies firms with tobacco clients who are doing more harm than good in the categories of Health & Wellness and Sustainable Development Goals at the Cannes Lions Awards.

June 7, 2018

Ministry of Health in India launches “What Damage Will This Cigarette/Bidi Do” smoking cessation campaign

The campaign – “What Damage Will This Cigarette/Bidi Do” – prompts smokers to think about each cigarette or bidi as the path to one of many potential harmful events: heart attacks, cancer, lung disease, and more.

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