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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.

May 31, 2018

Turkey’s smoke-free campaign supports work to protect the health of non-smokers from heart disease and stroke

Turkey is the only country with a high burden of tobacco to adopt all six World Health Organization-recommended best buy measures to reduce tobacco use and non-communicable diseases.

On TVs across Indonesia, Richard’s story reveals the true cost of smoking

The campaign, which is running on national TV stations, prominently features the story of Richard Maradona, a 35 year-old former smoker who gained a second chance at life after two life-saving surgeries to treat his collapsed lung.

May 30, 2018

Interactive billboard detects smokers, warns of the harms that cigarettes and bidis bring in Gurgaon, India

The billboard will detect a smoker lighting a cigarette or bidi in front of the it and respond by launching a short video. The video shows the real-time effects of tobacco smoke on the heart and lungs of the smoker and people nearby, who are exposed to secondhand smoke.

May 29, 2018

Shanghai Promotes E-Bike Helmet Use with New Campaign

Powered two- and three-wheeled vehicles, including e-bikes, account for more than 286,000 deaths each year globally – about 23 percent of all road traffic fatalities.

May 1, 2018

Georgia implements comprehensive reforms to protect people from the harms of tobacco use

The new laws include bans on smoking in indoor public places, tobacco advertising and promotion, and misleading terminology on tobacco packaging such as ‘light’ and ‘mild’.

April 25, 2018

Colombia Constitutional Court recognized for its decision to fight censorship about ads displaying the truth about sugary drinks

Vital Strategies welcomed news that the Constitutional Court of Colombia’s “Sugary Drinks” Decision has been awarded Columbia University’s 2018 Columbia Global Freedom of Expression Prize in the Significant Ruling Category.

April 20, 2018

Burning Plastic Contributing to Toxic Haze Around the World

This Earth Day, we call for more focus on the open burning of plastics in municipal solid waste and informal recycling operations – a major cause of harmful air pollution.

April 17, 2018

New campaign encourages the public to challenge smokers violating Viet Nam’s smoke-free laws

“This powerful campaign marks an important step forward in fighting Viet Nam’s leading preventable killer – tobacco use. We believe it will encourage more smokers to comply with Viet Nam’s smokefree laws.”

April 12, 2018

Addis Ababa Fights Drink Driving with Emotional Testimonial

The television and radio campaign centers on a heartfelt testimonial from a man whose brother was killed by a driver under the influence of alcohol.

April 10, 2018

Bogotá Urges Motorcyclists to Buckle Their Helmets

The city of Bogotá, Colombia, announced a new campaign to reduce road deaths by increasing helmet use among motorcyclists.

April 6, 2018

Weak CRVS Systems Deny Services to Billions and Pose Threat to SDG Progress

On World Health Day, Vital Strategies calls for increased investment in Civil Registration and Vital Statistics, to ensure better access to health services and more accurate health data for governments.

March 24, 2018

Vital Strategies calls on governments to implement strong tobacco control and adopt integrated healthcare strategies to strengthen TB response

Governments are missing critical opportunities to reduce tuberculosis (TB) and related morbidity and mortality.

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