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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 12, 2017

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.

May 18, 2017

Filipinos will benefit from Smoke-Free Executive Order

Vital Strategies has welcomed news that the Philippines’ government has signed an Executive Order (EO) that implements a national smokefree policy, but concerns remain that it includes a provision for designated smoking areas.

May 17, 2017

Partnership for Healthy Cities targets significant improvements in urban health

Vital Strategies joins Bloomberg Philanthropies and WHO as an implementing partner in the Partnership for Healthy Cities, providing technical assistance, as needed, to participating cities as they pursue evidence-based interventions that deliver results.

May 2, 2017

Millions of asthma sufferers need clean air policies

On World Asthma Day, Vital Strategies calls upon governments to work together with environmental, public health and other development organizations to deliver clean air policies that would benefit millions of asthma sufferers.

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