Heart disease is a top killer in South Africa

Dr Scott Drimie writes about how non-communicable or lifestyle diseases (NCDs) are among the top causes of death in the country (at around 40%) and are responsible for considerable premature mortality with more than a third of NCD-related deaths occurring before the age of 60.

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Hotel deals now available

All those participating in the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health can now take advantage of a number of hotel rates negotiated for the conference.

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BMJ editorial: Tobacco giant wants to eliminate smoking...and pigs might fly

Prof Simon Chapman on tobacco giants and the elimination of smoking.

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WHO tells governments to reject Philip Morris-funded smoking foundation

The World Health Organization told governments on Thursday not to get involved in a foundation funded by tobacco firm Philip Morris International.

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WHO FCTC Secretariat’s statement on launch of Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

The Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) notes the launch of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, led by a former official of the World Health Organization.

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2018 Luther Terry Awards nominations deadline 29 September

Details about the nomination process and guidelines are available on the American Cancer Society website.

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The Union denounces PMI launch of a 'Foundation for a Smoke-free World'

The International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease today denounced Philip Morris International’s (PMI) launch of a ‘Foundation for a Smoke-free World’ as a billion-dollar bribe the tobacco company hopes will secure it a seat at the table with public health policymakers around the world.

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Tobacco Tax: The most effective least-used tool in public health

Johanna Dollerson, The Union, examines why tobacco tax is the least well implemented tobacco control policy, despite having been proved to be the most effective.

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World Lung Cancer Day commemorates, celebrates and supports those impacted by lung cancer

Press release from the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) on World Lung Cancer Day

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Global economic cost of smoking-attributable diseases

The aim of this paper is to measure the economic cost of smoking-attributable diseases in countries throughout the world, including in low- and middle-income settings.

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Workshops and satellite session submissions open until 1 October

Read the guidelines and submit your sessions online now.

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Inside Philip Morris’ campaign to subvert the global anti-smoking treaty

The world’s largest publicly traded tobacco company is deploying its vast resources against international efforts to reduce smoking. Internal documents uncovered by Reuters reveal details of the secret operation.

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Perfect Storm: Smoking Rises in African Youth @JLCastroGarcia features in this @bbcworldservice programme. Listen here: https://t.co/RwcPGtVm00 #WCTOH2018 #NoTobacco #WorldTBDay

Bloomberg Philanthropies' Dr Kelly Henning writes about the need for fresh thinking and strong implementation of policies to fight non-communicable diseases https://t.co/wH6iAFFFDB @drkellyhenning @BloombergDotOrg #NCDs #SDGs

Following #WCTOH2018 @BloombergDotOrg reviews progress in global tobacco control. https://t.co/bKeCq1xKxQ 'Reducing Tobacco Use, A Year in Review' includes a podcast with @JLCastroGarcia on the impact of the MPOWER measures.

Op-Ed: Turning the tide on avoidable deaths in Africa @JLCastroGarcia and @katiedain1 on the 'perfect storm brewing on the African continent between smoking, HIV and tuberculosis and diabetes.' https://t.co/EehKp5RnOU @dailymaverick #WCTOH2018

Powerful Op-Ed from @JLCastroGarcia and @katiedain1 on how #WCTOH2018 has helped turn the tide of avoidable deaths in Africa, stemming from the deadly combination of #smoking, #HIV and #tuberculosis and #diabetes. #NoTobacco https://t.co/HkRnvuxSob @dailymaverick https://t.co/P79zQpRZIL