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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.

April 18, 2017

The escalating health and economic cost of tobacco use in China can be prevented

Progress to reduce smoking in China would reduce the total global burden of tobacco

April 11, 2017

Colombia’s Supreme Court rules consumers have right to know health harms of sugary drinks

Vital Strategies has welcomed a ruling from Colombia’s Supreme Court that orders the lifting of censorship of a public service announcement (PSA), “Take It Seriously,” that warns consumers of the health harms of sugary drinks.

April 7, 2017

Progress in FDA’s approach to e-cigarettes must not be undermined by nominee’s financial conflicts

Vital Strategies has expressed alarm that Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the nominee for commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration, previously held a position with an e-cigarette company and continues to have declared financial interests in that business.

April 6, 2017

Investing in policies to enable individuals to become more physically active will pay dividends

On World Day for Physical Activity, Vital Strategies calls on governments, especially city administrations, and organizations of all types to invest in promoting and enabling physical activity.

April 5, 2017

Global tobacco control is only remedy for the health and economic burden of one billion smokers

In response to a new analysis from the Global Burden of Disease study (GBD) published in The Lancet, Vital Strategies calls on governments and civil society to redouble their efforts to implement and support strong tobacco control policies to save one billion daily smokers – and their dependents – from health and economic harm.

March 30, 2017

Gutting the Clean Power Plan Will Bring Ill Health to Americans, and the World

This move dismisses worldwide scientific consensus around the causes and consequences of climate change, ignores the direct benefits to public health in the US from cleaner air, and undermines the Paris Agreement.

March 24, 2017

Political will, tobacco control and prioritization of research and funding is essential to combat TB

On World TB Day, we call on governments around the world to strengthen the fight against Tuberculosis with strong tobacco control policies and prioritized funding for research on antimicrobial resistance and new treatments.

March 20, 2017

Reductions in Tobacco Use Will Save Lives in the Philippines

Vital Strategies has congratulated the Philippines’ government on reductions in smoking prevalence and levels of exposure to second-hand smoke, revealed in the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS), Philippines, 2015.

March 15, 2017

ILO should vote to keep the tobacco industry from the policy table

Vital Strategies has joined the Secretariat to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in calling on the Governing Body of the International Labor Organization to cut its ties with the tobacco industry.

March 9, 2017

Deaths on the Rise in Addis Ababa, but Pragmatic, Best Practice Solutions Exist

City Releases First Ever Status Report on Road Safety

March 8, 2017

Vital Strategies Calls for Urgent Action to Prevent Deaths Caused by Unhealthy Environments

Vital Strategies applauds World Health Organization (WHO) for releasing two reports this week that reveal the grave extent of preventable sickness and deaths among children from environmental risks such as indoor and outdoor air pollution, secondhand smoke, unsafe drinking water and sanitation practices.

On International Women’s Day, Governments Must “Be Bold For Change” to Improve Women’s Health

Global gag rule, rising burden of NCDs, tobacco use, and MDR-TB pose challenges for women in LMICs

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