Chan says countries must stand together to thwart efforts to block anti-smoking measures
Oct 12, 2011
World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan has accused the tobacco industry of dirty tricks and unethical behavior in its latest efforts to challenge tobacco-control laws and policies around the world.
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"Investing in People" initiative will help low and middle-income countries save lives
Marina Carter, International Press Secretary
Oct 3, 2011
Seeking to speed progress on tobacco control and save lives, the European Commission is providing 5.2 Million Euros (U.S. $7 million) to help low and middle-income countries effectively implement the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the first global public health treaty.
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Tobacco control is urgent step and a “best buy” for saving lives
Sep 1, 2011
The World Health Organization has issued urgent warnings about the growing health threat from non-communicable diseases — such as heart disease, cancer, chronic lung diseases and diabetes — that now cause three out of five deaths around the globe. Tobacco use is a risk factor for all of these diseases, and the WHO says effective tobacco control is a "best buy" that governments can take to save lives, prevent disease and reduce health care costs.
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WHO cites four key policies as critical to preventing "impending disaster"
Apr 28, 2011
Effective tobacco control policies are among the top 10 "best buys" that governments can implement to combat the growing threat from non-communicable diseases such as cancer, heart disease, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes, the World Health Organization says in its first worldwide report on such diseases.
Tobacco use is a risk factor for all of these illnesses — diseases that have now surpassed infectious disease as the leading cause of death worldwide and threaten "impending disaster" in some countries, according to WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan. The WHO released new figures showing that nearly 6 million people die from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke each year. By 2020, that is expected to increase to 7.5 million — accounting for 10 percent of deaths across the globe.
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Country with sky-high smoking rates shows strong support for government action
Apr 27, 2011
Health ministers from around the world are meeting in Moscow this week to discuss the growing global health threat from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer and heart disease. Russia’s severe tobacco epidemic makes it a case study in NCDs.
The good news is that the Russian public strongly supports effective solutions: Eight in ten Russians — including nearly two-thirds of daily smokers — support a national tobacco control policy to help reduce tobacco use.
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Tobacco linked to major non-communicable diseases that cause two out of three deaths
Apr 7, 2011
Tobacco use is a risk factor for all major categories of non-communicable diseases — heart disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes — and tobacco control must be the "top priority" if the world is to reduce the toll of diseases that now cause two out of every three deaths worldwide, according to a global alliance of scientists and non-governmental organizations.
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