Edinburgh, 31 May 2012: With the theme “Stop Tobacco Industry Interference”, World No Tobacco Day 2012 highlights the critical need to meet head on the aggressive strategies and tactics used by the tobacco industry to dilute, delay and prevent tobacco control policies and measures.
Geneva, 25 May 2012: After an intense week of lobbying by NGOs during the 65th World Health Assembly, governments are poised to agree to a historic target to reduce premature deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs - including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases) by 25% by 2025. The target is expected to be endorsed by all 194 of the World Health Organiza...
The theme of World No Tobacco Day is "Stop Tobacco Industry Interference" in tobacco control legislation and policy. The Union has developed a toolkit on how to prevent such interference and fulfill the goals of the FCTC's Article 5.3. To download the toolkit, click here.
A new clinical TB-HIV course, offered by The Union for the first time in Colombia last month, led participants to the conclusion that the roles and duties of physicians working in each specialty need to be revised to strengthen their collaborative and comprehensive management of patients with these two conditions.
At the World Health Assembly on 21–26 May, there is a strong likelihood that no progress will be made on agreeing global targets to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The NCD Alliance, including The Union, says this will risk a crippling loss of the momentum created by last year's historic UN Summit on NCDs.
A Union economic report launched in Bangladesh on 17 May 2012 shows that tobacco use in the country continues to increase, due in large part to a taxation system that has allowed real prices of tobacco products to drop steadily over recent years. Simultaneous increases in income mean that tobacco is increasingly affordable.
Using The Union’s ABC approach (A = ask, B = brief advice, C = cessation support) Bangladesh’s BRAC is supporting TB patients at 17 peri-urban DOTS centres in their efforts to quit smoking. In the first cohort to go through the programme, 80% had quit by the end of their TB treatment.