International News

Planet earth: another victim of the tobacco epidemic

We live in an interconnected world, a fact that has never been as clear as it is now, during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are very few issues that can be considered simply ‘health problems’, as nearly every aspect of life is connected to other societal, economic and environmental issues. That is why the 2030 Agenda...

80 per cent Indians consider tobacco to pose serious health threat: Survey

Over 80 per cent of Indians consider cigarettes, bidis and tobacco in smokeless forms to be a very serious problem and 88 per cent strongly support the strengthening of the current tobacco control law to address this menace, revealed a recent study conducted by Consumer VOICE. Consumer VOICE is a voluntary organization engaged in spreading...

New WHO report reveals urgency of confronting tobacco use among women

A new report by WHO/Europe about women and the tobacco epidemic has been launched. The report, “Through a gender lens: women and tobacco in the WHO European Region”, has revealed that, although tobacco use among women is decreasing overall, the rate is going down at a much slower pace than in men, and in...

PAHO launches “Florencia,” a Spanish-language artificial intelligence tool to quit smoking

Washington, D.C., February 8, 2021 (PAHO) The Pan American Health Organization today will launch “Florencia,” the Spanish version of an artificial intelligence tool developed by the World Health Organization to help people quit smoking. The launch is part of WHO’s year-long World No Tobacco Day campaign: "Commit to quitting tobacco." Florencia, which is accessible through...

Pakistan: Tobacco control activists demand increase in FED on tobacco products

Tobacco control activists have demanded that the government increase FED on tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco products, in Pakistan. Currently, there are two tax slabs for cigarettes. An amount of Rs 33/- FED is imposed on cigarettes costing less than Rs. 90/- per packet and Rs. 90/- on cigarettes with a price of Rs. 90/-...

Opinion: It’s time for flavored tobacco products to go

Two weeks ago, a bipartisan coalition of 23 state attorneys general called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban menthol cigarettes. We asserted that such a move would benefit public health overall, decrease youth smoking, and help mitigate the harm these products bring to minority populations. But even if the FDA decides...

India: Global study points to rampant tobacco use among adolescents, children

The study, between 2010 and 2018, noted that the prevalence of smoking cigarettes at least one day over a 30-day period was approximately twice as high at the age of 15 as compared to 13 years in both boys and girls Despite an overall reduction in cigarette use over the last 20 years, nearly 1...

France: Calling for ‘tobacco-free generation’, Macron boosts cancer research funds

Macron announced a 20% increase in funding over the next five years to combat a disease that remains the leading cause of death among French men and the second among women. The French president promised to expand awareness campaigns, step up cancer screening and improve support for patients coping with the long-term effects of cancer...

World Cancer Day: know the facts – tobacco and alcohol both cause cancer

On World Cancer Day, marked on 4 February, WHO/Europe is focusing on the need to minimize exposure to both alcohol and tobacco. While many people understand the risks of developing cancer associated with smoking, many remain unaware that alcohol also causes cancer. “This is not only a problem of public awareness, it is a sign...