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Tobacco is a Main Cause of Cancer in India

(New Delhi) –– On World Cancer Day, World Lung Foundation calls for high level commitment on the part of government and communities to reduce the incidence of cancers caused by tobacco products, the number one cause of cancer in India. We are also calling for intensified efforts to curb the use of chewed tobacco products that are directly linked to oral cancer, a deadly toll that is higher in India than anywhere else in the world. read more »

New Campaign Launches to Warn Public of Tobacco’s Harms and Reverse Decades of Industry Misinformation

(Dhaka, Bangladesh, and New York, USA) – On World No Tobacco Day, World Lung Foundation and the National Tobacco Control Cell (NTCC) launched a nationwide campaign in Bangladesh showing the many harmful illnesses caused by tobacco use, including lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and oral cancers. The television, radio and poster campaign, entitled ' Tobacco is Eating You Alive ' is the second major tobacco control campaign from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh, and intends to reverse decades of marketing from the tobacco industry that suggests bidis are safe. read more »

Australia Study Showing Plain Cigarette Packaging Works Should Embolden Governments to Follow Their Example

(New York, USA) – World Lung Foundation (WLF) today welcomed a study on the impact of plain, standardized packaging in Australia, published this week in the British Medical Journal. This first formal study of the impact of plain packaging confirms that it does lead to negative feelings about smoking and increases the number of smokers thinking about quitting. read more »

WHO Right to Call for E-Cigarette Regulation

* Increasing evidence of possible health harms and impact on youth necessitates urgent action * (New York, United States) ––World Lung Foundation today applauded the call from the World Health Organization (WHO) for tighter regulation of the e-cigarette industry, including bans on indoor use, sales to minors and advertising. The multibillion dollar e-cigarette industry has been expanding rapidly without oversight and amidst growing concerns about the health and safety of the products and their impact on youth. read more »

Four Million Deaths Each Year Caused by Acute Respiratory Infections

New York, NY) -Acute respiratory infections (ARIs), a disease group that includes pneumonia, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), are responsible for 4.25 million deaths each year, according to the first-ever Acute Respiratory Infections Atlas ( ), published today by World Lung Foundation. ARIs are the third largest cause of mortality in the world and the top killer in low- and middle-income countries. read more »

New Tobacco Atlas Estimates U.S. $35 Billion Tobacco Industry Profits

* In 2010, tobacco industry’s profit was equivalent to US$6,000 for each death caused by tobacco. * Since the 1st Tobacco Atlas in 2002, almost 50 million people have died from tobacco.  * 43 trillion cigarettes have been smoked in the last decade. (Singapore) - The Tobacco Atlas, Fourth Edition, and its companion website  TobaccoAtlas. read more »

International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease: Promoting Global Efforts

Committed to global lung health since its founding in 1920, The Union engages in training, technical assistance, scientific research and funds tobacco control activities in low- and middle-income countries. Its tobacco control program has identified four broad goals for 2010-2015:  ● Strengthen capacity for tobacco control. ● Ensure effective implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and of MPOWER. read more »

Framework Convention Alliance: The Voice of Civil Society

Through the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA), more than 350 non-government organizations provide leadership, technical expertise, and logistical support for the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the world’s first public health treaty. In force since 2005, the treaty currently has 176 WHO member states as parties. Strengthening the treaty Almost 200 FCA representatives convened in Seoul in November to lend their voices to continuing negotiations over treaty guidelines. read more »

Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use

WLF is one of five partners implementing the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use (BI) of Bloomberg Philanthropies, which promotes evidence-based tobacco control mass media interventions, especially in low- and middle-income countries where the burden is heaviest. Established in 2006 by Michael Bloomberg, philanthropist and New York City Mayor, the Bloomberg Initiative builds in-country capacity by:  ● Improving programs designed to help smokers quit and to prevent children from starting. read more »

Tuberculosis, although preventable, continues to be a major cause of illness and death worldwide.

Although tuberculosis is preventable and treatment has been available for the past 60 years, it continues to be a major cause of illness and death worldwide. About 2.2 billion people, a third of the world's population, are infected with TB and in 2013, the World Health Organization estimates that there will be nearly nine million new cases of active TB and 1. read more »

Improving Maternal Health in Tanzania

Three critical delays cause several millions of mothers and infants to die in Africa each year—delays in seeking medical care, delays due to inadequate transportation, and delays because health centers are under equipped.  Tanzania, in particular, has maternal mortality rates that are extremely high. According to recent estimates, women in Tanzania have a lifetime risk of dying during pregnancy and childbirth of 1 in 38, which is more than 60 times the figures in the USA. read more »

Tobacco use is the leading preventable agent of death in the world today.

Tobacco use is the leading preventable agent of death in the world today and is responsible for more than six million deaths each year. Unless urgent action is taken to reverse this global epidemic, the World Health Organization expects that tobacco will kill as many as one billion people this century, taking a greater claim on human health than any single disease. read more »