Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2018

World No Tobacco Day 2018 - Tobacco and heart diseases

World No Tobacco Day 2018 will focus on the impact tobacco has on the cardiovascular health of people worldwide.

Tobacco use is an important risk factor for the development of coronary heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease.

Despite the devastating harms of tobacco to heart health, and the availability of solutions to reduce tobacco-related death and disease, knowledge among large sections of the public that tobacco in one of the leading causes of CVD is low.

World No Tobacco Day 2018 awards- the winners

Geneva, 29 May 2018 - 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 Award and World No Tobacco Day Awards.

WHO’s Dr Douglas Bettcher receives major global tobacco control award

WHO’s Dr Douglas Bettcher receives major global tobacco control award

8 March, 2018 | Cape Town: Dr Douglas Bettcher, World Health Organization director of the department for the prevention of noncommunicable diseases, was today awarded a Luther L. Terry Distinguished Career Award for his lifetime contribution to tobacco control.

WHO issues new guidance on tobacco product regulation towards maximum protection of public health

WHO /Sergey Volkov

9 March 2018, Cape Town: The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched new guidance on the role tobacco product regulation can play to reduce tobacco demand, save lives and raise revenues for health services to treat tobacco-related disease, in the context of comprehensive tobacco control.

A new guide, “Tobacco product regulation: Building laboratory testing capacity”, and a collection of country approaches to regulation of menthol, presented in the publication titled “Case studies for regulatory approaches to tobacco products – Menthol in tobacco products” have been launched at the 2018 World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Cape Town, South Africa.

Latest news

  • 28 June 2018

    The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products is live!

    Following the ratification of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland today, the conditions for the entry into force of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (the Protocol) have been met. The entry into force of the Protocol marks an historical achievement in strengthening the international communities’ actions against the tobacco epidemic.

  • 28 June 2018

    World Trade Organization Panel rejects claims concerning tobacco plain packaging in Australia

    A World Trade Organization (WTO) Panel has ruled against complaints brought by several countries concerning Australia’s tobacco packaging law, which implements the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and its Guidelines. The panel decided that Australia’s policy on plain packaging is consistent with WTO law. The ruling clears another legal hurdle thrown up in the tobacco industry’s efforts to block tobacco control and is likely to accelerate implementation of plain packaging around the globe.

  • May 2018

    WHO seeks local agency to conduct tobacco compliance surveys in Seychelles

    WHO is launching a pilot project to assess compliance with smoke-free legislation and bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship in Seychelles. The project will test two different methods to collect compliance data, a conventional and a crowdsourcing survey, using mobile technology. PND has issued a request for proposals from potential agencies interested in implementing the surveys in Seychelles.

  • February 2018

    WHO condemns misleading use of its name in marketing of heated tobacco products

    According to published statements, British American Tobacco (BAT) is launching a new heated tobacco product, “glo”. In materials promoting the launch of the product, including websites and point-of-sale advertising, BAT has made statements that could be incorrectly perceived as implying that the World Health Organization (WHO) is endorsing this product as a less harmful alternative to cigarettes.

  • February 2018

    WHO and European Respiratory Society (ERS) tobacco cessation training project in Ecuador

    WHO and ERS have jointly launched a project on tobacco cessation training. As part of this multi-year, multi-country project, WHO and ERS are supporting Ecuador to train primary care providers to provide tobacco cessation interventions to all patients with respiratory diseases in primary care settings aligning with Ecuadorian Neighbourhood’s Doctor Strategy.

  • November 2017

    Tobacco industry admissions should strengthen global resolve on tobacco control

    In major victories for tobacco control efforts, four U.S. tobacco companies are publishing court-ordered “corrective statements” to set the record straight on the dangers of their products, while a major French bank has announced it will divest its interests in the tobacco industry.

  • September 2017

    WHO Statement on Philip Morris funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

    On 13 September 2017, tobacco company Philip Morris International (PMI) announced its support for the establishment of a new entity - the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. PMI indicated that it expects to support the Foundation by contributing approximately USD 80 million annually over the next 12 years.

  • September 2017

    • Tobacco tax reform at the crossroads of health and development
      The World Bank has released its latest tobacco control technical report, with input from WHO. The report details how increasing excise tax rates on tobacco reduces its affordability and lowers its consumption. This underutilized policy measure can simultaneously save millions of lives, reduce poverty, and increase domestic resources for financing development.