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        Brazil has joined a group of countries committed to reducing tobacco use by stamping out the illegal tobacco trade. It ratified the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (ITP) on 25 May – just a handful of countries are now needed to follow suit before the treaty can come into effect. The Union provided legal advice to Brazil’s government and Congress to secure ratification.


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        Strong new legislation to reduce tobacco use and protect people from the harms of smoking comes into force in Georgia today, 1 May 2018 -- including bans on smoking in indoor public places, tobacco advertising and promotion, and misleading terminology on tobacco packaging such as ‘light’ and ‘mild’. This is the first round of a comprehensive set of laws that will be rolled out during 2018 in an effort to curb the country’s high smoking rates.


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        The finale of British American Tobacco Bangladesh’s [BATB] student competition ‘Battle of Minds 2017’ lost its guest of honour, Mayor Sayeed Khokon at the eleventh hour. He pulled out following pressure from civil society organisations that highlighted that the event was a promotional stunt targeting young people with pro-tobacco messaging.


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        The Union has today published its official position statement on the new generation of tobacco products – heat-not-burn (HNB) – which are now being aggressively marketed by the tobacco industry as ‘lower risk’ products.


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        The Union has issued the following statement in response to reports in the UK media that one of the largest tobacco companies in the world, Philip Morris International, claims to want a smoke-free England by 2040:


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        This week Uruguay’s government submitted a bill for plain tobacco packaging to Congress. Once passed, the country will have the world’s most comprehensive set of restrictions on tobacco branding, and its associated marketing benefits. The tobacco industry are already limited by the ‘single presentation’ regulation – which means tobacco companies can only sell one variant within its brand family.


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        The government of Bangladesh has secured sustainable funding for tobacco control and non-communicable disease prevention with a new policy to manage funds levied on tobacco products, equivalent to US$ 31 million per year.


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        The second plenary of The Union World Conference on Lung Health examined the impact of the tobacco industry’s corporate abuse on economically disenfranchised groups. Gustavo Só?ora, the Union’s legal consultant for tobacco control in Latin America, urged governments to remain focused on the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).


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        Mayors and regents representing 48 jurisdictions across Indonesia agreed to significant tobacco control reforms in their cities, including policies for 100 percent smoke-free public places, bans on tobacco advertising promotion and sponsorship and moves to integrate tobacco control into other local health programmes.


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        Georgia’s Parliament hosted a high-level event on World No Tobacco Day to mark the recent advance of national laws that will reduce tobacco use and protect and promote the health and economic well-being of the Georgian people.


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        Georgia’s Ministries of Health, Finance and Agriculture have worked together to reform tobacco tax, and have committed to reaching European Union required levels within ten years.


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        China’s fourth most populous city, Shenzhen, is now 100 percent smoke-free after a law banning smoking in all indoor public places came into full force on 1 January 2017.


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        In partnership with Uruguay’s Ministry of Health, The Union delivered an in-depth three-day technical training on tobacco industry interference in public health policymaking for government officials from across Latin America.


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        A new toolkit designed for public health professionals to assess compliance with smoke-free laws in hospitality venues has been developed – and made publicly available – by The Union and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.


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        Pictorial warnings covering 55 percent of the front and back of tobacco packs are now mandatory in Cambodia, despite resistance and delay tactics from the tobacco industry. The legislation came into force on July 22.


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        A workshop on preventing tobacco industry interference will be run by The Union's Latin America team next month. Government officials from Mexico, Uruguay, Bolivia, Argentina and Paraguay are expected to attend.


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        Bangladeshi ministers have finalised draft policies for a Health Promotion Foundation, agreeing finance mechanisms and tobacco control plans. A new course on sustainable funds for tobacco control was held in Dhaka last January.


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        Myanmar’s Minister of Health and Sports committed to significant advances in the national tobacco control strategy during a recent meeting with The Union: increasing tobacco taxes, ensuring effective implementation of smoke-free, and regulation of smokeless tobacco products. Dr Myint Htwe also confirmed that 75 percent graphic health warnings on tobacco packaging will come into force in September this year, with a view to introducing plain packaging in the future.


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        Uruguay has won the six-year legal battle launched by Philip Morris International (PMI) in 2010 before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) – one of the world’s smallest countries claiming a significant victory over one of the world’s largest corporations.


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        The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2016 (WNTD) was ‘Get Ready for Plain Packaging’. The Union joined international calls for countries to introduce plain tobacco packaging to encourage users to quit and discourage non-users from trying addictive nicotine products. Further, The Union called for a ‘plain packaging’ approach to e-cigarettes – this burgeoning industry is increasingly owned by tobacco companies renowned for targeting children with powerful marketing campaigns.


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