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Only one country in Europe doing enough to stop people smoking, according to the WHO

“Tobacco use continues to be one of the biggest public health threats,” said a World Health Organization official. Just four countries - only one of which is in the European Union - have implemented all of the World Health Organization (WHO)’s recommended measures to reduce tobacco smoking globally. The countries of the Netherlands and Mauritius have...

Only four countries making full efforts to end smoking: WHO

Netherlands, Mauritius join Brazil and Turkey in implementing all recommended measures to reduce tobacco smoking globally. Netherlands and Mauritius have now joined Brazil and Turkey in implementing all the recommended measures to reduce tobacco smoking globally, United Nations’ health agency the World Health Organization said on July 31, 2023. However, despite the welcome news that more than...

Adriana B. Marquizo: Tobacco control deserves attention as climate change mitigation

The Head of Secretariat of the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) Adriana Blanco Marquizo spoke to Vincent Owino on how the region can step up tobacco control. Your country, Uruguay, is among the few countries that have successfully become smoke-free. What lessons can Kenya and East Africa pick up on tobacco...

Butt why? The EU countries weighing a ban on cigarette filters to deter smoking and cut pollution

Health and environmental campaigners are calling for a European ban on cigarette filters, saying it would fight pollution and discourage people from smoking. Cigarette butts are the second most common litter found on European beaches, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Last year, WHO called on governments worldwide to consider cigarette filters as single-use plastics...

WHO urges governments to stop subsidizing life-threatening tobacco crops

On World No Tobacco Day, WHO urges governments to stop subsidizing tobacco farming and support more sustainable crops that could feed millions. “Tobacco is responsible for 8 million deaths a year, yet governments across the world spend millions supporting tobacco farms,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “By choosing to grow food instead of tobacco, we...

World No Tobacco Day 2023 awards – the winners

Every year, WHO recognizes individuals or organizations in each of the six WHO Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control. This recognition takes the form of WHO Director-General Special Recognition Awards, World No Tobacco Day Awards, and in 2023, one WHO Director-General's Special Recognition Certificate. WHO Director-General Special awards Dr Odete Maria...

Seeds of change in Kenya as farmers lead way on tobacco-free farms

The initiative, supported by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), in cooperation with the Kenyan authorities, is helping to “move the needle” on ending the global tobacco epidemic, said WHO. Kenya is the first country to participate in the scheme, which offers training to tobacco farmers so that they...

Launch of tobacco-free farms in Kenya

Nairobi - Hundreds of farmers in Migori County, Kenya will break free from risky tobacco farming and transition to producing more sustainable crops, through the Tobacco-Free Farms Project being launched today. Tobacco-Free Farms project is a joint initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Food Programme, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the...

WHO and tobacco control partners urge countries not to partner or work with the tobacco industry

WHO is concerned with continued attempts by the tobacco industry and their surrogates to further its interests to influence scientific research, public perception, policy making, and the media; all aimed to ensure proliferation and sale of nicotine and tobacco products. The tobacco industry continues to amplify misinformation in the media, including the recent egregious attacks on...

Public Health Experts Urge Kenya To Adopt Swedish Model To Reduce Smoking Prevalence

Nairobi, Kenya Apr 6 – Public health experts have urged Kenyan lawmakers to adopt the pioneering example set by Sweden, to encourage Kenyans to quit smoking. Sweden is set to become the first country in the world to achieve ‘smoke-free’ status when its tobacco smoking prevalence rate falls below 5% in the next few months based...

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