World No Tobacco Day 2018: Tobacco and heart disease

Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health and other risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

Web story 630x330 EnglishThe focus of World No Tobacco Day 2018 is "Tobacco and heart disease." The campaign will increase awareness on the:

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During the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Cape Town, Vital Strategies launched a global campaign to separate the tobacco industry from its associates that make their work possible, especially advertising agencies.

We call on non-profit organizations and companies with a health mission to commit to not working with the tobacco industry or advertising agencies that help and encourage the industry's effort to engage a new generation of tobacco users. You can make your promise here.

quitbigtabacoimageThe campaign was launched with a website and on social media, #QuitBigTobacco. The idea is to expose these affiliations and press marketing and advertising agencies to abandon their relationships with the tobacco industry. We urge all of you to amplify the campaign by making the promise and sharing our materials on social networks.

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CTFK Plain Packaging Toolkit

A practical guide to policy development, drafting the law and overcoming tobacco industry opposition.

plainpackage2014-February-4-2-F1.largePlain packaging of tobacco is a common sense policy that removes the promotional, marketing and advertising features on packs of tobacco, but leaves the health warnings, tax stamps and other features required by government.

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The Dominican Republic demands 100% smoke free environmentsStodomingo100libretabaco
One quarter of deaths due to second-hand smoke are in children.

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WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2017
Monitoring tobacco use and prevention policies

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Tobacco Companies Marketing Flavored Cigarettes to Appeal to Children in LAC
Multinational tobacco companies are marketing a new generation of highly flavored tobacco products that appeal to kids.

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'Civil Society Led Tobacco Control Advocacy in the Caribbean - The experiences of the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC)'

Best practices of the JCTC and other Caribbean civil society organization in the implementation of tobacco control measures within the region.

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Infartos bajan casi 8% al año tras implementación de Ley de Tabaco

Expertos de la U. de Chile y el MIT publicaron estudio que revela reducción de casos desde 2013. Prohibición de fumar en espacios cerrados fue clave según investigación.  Una de las medidas que incorporó la Ley de Tabaco de 2013 fue la prohibición de fumar en espacios cerrados accesibles al público. Para conocer el impacto de esta norma, investigadores de la U. de Chile y del Instituto Tecnológico de Massachusetts (MIT) analizaron la evolución de los ataques cardíacos antes y después de la entrada en vigencia de la normativa, en 2013.

Los expertos concluyeron que los infartos se redujeron 7,8% al año, lo que equivale a unos 764 casos menos en el mismo periodo, según detallan en su estudio publicado en el Boletín de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS).  Vea el reporte completo en

Uruguay's victory over the tobacco industry sets a world precedent
July 8, 2016
"We have proven before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes that our country, without violating any treaty, remains committed to our irrevocable commitment to defending the health of its people", said President Tabaré Vázquez.  All of the arguments put forth by the tobacco industry were rejected by an international business arbitration tribunal.  To read more (in Spanish) click here.
La salud no se negocia (3º edición). Niños en la mira de la industria tabacalera. Análisis sobre la publicidad y exhibición de productos de tabaco en los puntos de venta de América mentalhealthdrugs Phentermine Latina como estrategia para atraer a niños, niñas y adolescentes al consumo.

saludnonegocia3oedicionEs un material elaborado a partir del trabajo de las organizaciones de América Latina que forman parte de la iniciativa regional para monitorear y contrarrestar la interferencia de la industria tabacalera en las políticas de salud. Participan del reporte 14 países de América Latina: Chile, Bolivia, Perú, Ecuador, Colombia, Panamá, Costa Rica, México, Guatemala, El Salvador, Venezuela, Paraguay, Brasil, Uruguay y Argentina.

FCTC Article 14 Tools

A number of resources are now available to help countries implement FCTC Article 14 and its guidelines. The tools are available in English, Spanish and French and can be found at

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Every country in the world can afford to support its smokers to stop.
That is the conclusion of a major new review, written by leading world experts and published in the medical journal, Addiction. The review examined a wide range of measures that healthcare systems in different countries can adopt to help smokers to stop. It reviewed how effective they are and how much they cost, and offers a new tool to help governments and healthcare administrators calculate the cost – and affordability1 – of stop smoking treatments.

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