Posts tagged: WHO

Asia’s tobacco growers pitted against WHO

Tweet Tobacco growers from Indonesia, Korea, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and India are up in arms over a World Health Organization (WHO) proposal that they claim would kill as much as 50 million jobs in the tobacco industry and related fields around the world. The first Asia Tobacco Forum, held in the Indonesian capital last week, discussed proposed guidelines under the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC) that would ban th ... Jump to full article >>

Smoking in pubs, clubs ‘has downside’

Tweet Smoke free pubs and clubs have spawned a new health hazard, with the air quality in beer gardens taking a serious dive. Monitoring in outdoor areas at several NSW venues found smoke levels had increased by almost four times since the indoor smoking bans came into effect in July 2007. Indoor air quality improved dramatically, according to a University of Western Sydney study, but at some venues the problem of second-hand smoke was shifted &# ... Jump to full article >>

Sports tax on cigarettes hits controversy

Tweet Another good idea to generate revenue for sports has hit controversy even before it is discussed at a proper forum and the federal sports minister has himself become defensive on his proposal to tax cigarettes. “It was a proposal deliberated upon during a meeting which was subject to be taken up with the Ministry of Health and Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) for impact and implication. The suggestion was meant to reduce the purchasing and ... Jump to full article >>

Negotiators take aim at tobacco smuggling

Tweet Negotiators in Geneva reported significant progress in efforts to stop smuggling and counterfeiting tobacco products, the World Health Organization said Sunday. But a week of talks among 169 countries failed to produce a final agreement, WHO said. The talks did lead to provisions aimed at controlling the supply chain for tobacco products through a tracking and tracing system and licensing for manufacturers and others in the tobacco trade. I ... Jump to full article >>

Tobacco producers excluded from Pension Fund

Tweet The Norwegian Ministry of Finance has decided to exclude 17 companies that produce tobacco from the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), based on a recommendation from the Fund’s Council on Ethics. The divestment of shares in these companies has already been completed. “When the Graver Committee proposed the current ethical guidelines, there was debate on whether to exclude tobacco producers from the Fund. Under some doubt, it was dec ... Jump to full article >>

Beef up enforcement on cigarettes, says Fomca

Tweet Price controls on cigarette sale are a good move, albeit three years late, Fomca secretary-general Muhammad Shaani Abdullah said. “Although the move was delayed for three years, we are happy that the Government is implementing it,” he said. According to Muhammad Shaani, price controls were among the commitments required to be implemented by signatories to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, w ... Jump to full article >>

WHO on passive smoking

Tweet The warning by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that passive smoking constitutes a global threat, is revealing and must be checked. The UN agency had in its second major report on the “tobacco epidemic” released last week, said second-hand or passive smoking killed nearly 600,000 people each year. WHO, which also warned that tobacco is still the leading preventable cause of death, killing five million people every year, said more and ... Jump to full article >>

Pandemic (H1N1) 2009

Tweet As of 1 November 2009, worldwide more than 199 countries and overseas territories/communities have reported laboratory confirmed cases of pandemic influenza H1N1 2009, including over 6000 deaths. As many countries have stopped counting individual cases, particularly of milder illness, the case count is likely to be significantly lower than the actual number of cases that have occurred. WHO is actively monitoring the progress of the pandemi ... Jump to full article >>

Nicotine is the culprit, says WHO

Tweet Why is quiting smoking hard for many people? The answer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is nicotine, a drug found in tobacco. “It is highly addictive, as addictive as heroin, or cocaine,’’ it said. “When cigarette smoke is inhaled, nicotine is carried deep into the lungs, where it is absorbed quickly into the bloodstream and carried through out the body including the heart and blood vessels, hormonal system, meta ... Jump to full article >>