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UICC Member Newsletter - April 2015 - Special Tobacco Control Edition

6 May 2015

Introduction to the special edition

In Celebration of World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), this month’s UICC membership newsletter is a special edition highlighting global challenges and opportunities in tobacco control, and some examples of the diverse initiatives that UICC members and partners are involved in.

The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which more than 600,000 are non-smokers dying from the impacts of inhaling second-hand smoke. Tobacco use significantly increases the risk of developing cancer as, on average, smokers increase their risk of lung cancer between 5 and 10-fold. In developed countries, 80% of all lung cancer cases are caused by smoking. As tobacco use continues to rise in developing countries, similar patterns are said to be noted.

WNTD is celebrated internationally every year on 31 May in order to underline the risks associated with tobacco use and to advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on all countries to work together to end the illicit trade of tobacco products, a global problem that has not only health, but economic, legal, and governance implications.

UICC activities in tobacco control

Find out what The McCabe Centre for Law & Cancer is doing to help fight legal challenges from the tobacco industry, and how UICC is supporting India's efforts to improve tobacco pack warnings. Read more...

New global initiative to encourage divestment in tobacco stock

Launched at the 2015 World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Abu Dhabi, the UICC Global Taskforce on Tobacco Free Portfolios aims to encourage organisations and individuals to divest from tobacco stock worldwide. Read more...

Promoting tobacco control in the workplace

UICC and BUPA have produced the Quit smoking guide: Less Smoking, Better Business to support employers to set up tobacco cessation initiatives as part of their wider health employee programmes. Read more...

Lung cancer screening: current perspectives

May Darwish-Yassine of the Michigan Public Health Institute shares her thoughts on some of the opportunities and challenges presented by lung cancer screening as a tobacco control strategy. Read more...

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