Tobacco Free Initiative

World No Tobacco Day 2014

For this year's World No Tobacco Day which will take place on 31 May 2014, WHO and partners call on countries to raise taxes on tobacco. Research shows that higher taxes are especially effective in reducing tobacco use among lower-income groups and in preventing young people from starting to smoke.

WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic 2013

WHO launches the WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2013, the fourth in a series of periodic reports about the extent and character of the tobacco epidemic and measures to stop it.

Fighting the illicit trade in tobacco products

The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, adopted by the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) in November 2012.

The blue ribbon campaign

The Tobacco Free Initiative in the Western Pacific, though the blue ribbon campaign, proposes a mechanism for ministries of health in the Western Pacific Region to recognize and acknowledge the work of its partners in the implementation of Article 8 of the WHO FCTC and its guidelines.

Safe e-cigarettes? Too good to be true

"First developed in China in 2004, e-cigarettes are rapidly gaining popularity. Manufacturers claim e-cigarettes are a safe alternative and an effective treatment for those trying to quit smoking. These claims are another smokescreen."


Tobacco Free Initiative
The World Health Organization
Regional Office for the Western Pacific
P.O. Box 2932
1000 Manila

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