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Higher Taxes, Greater Regulation Key To Curbing Tobacco ‘Epidemic,’ WHO Says

U.N. News Centre: Increased taxes, regulation key to fighting tobacco ‘epidemic,’ says U.N. health agency “The implementation of higher taxes on tobacco products and greater regulation for electronic cigarettes are among the decisions passed by a United Nations-backed conference amid comprehensive efforts to clamp down on the tobacco ‘epidemic’ and…

WHO Approves Measure Urging Nations To Raise Tobacco Taxes

Washington Times: U.N. approves increased global tobacco tax during secret session “The U.N.’s World Health Organization on Tuesday approved a measure [urging] countries around the world to sharply raise excise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products, a key step to what critics warn will be a push for a…

Bloomberg To Fund Road Safety Programs In Low-, Middle-Income Countries

News outlets report on Michael Bloomberg’s announcement that he will fund road safety initiatives in low- and middle-income countries. Detroit News: Bloomberg donates $125 million for road safety “Billionaire Michael Bloomberg said Monday he will donate $125 million over the next five years to help reduce the rising number of…

Private Sector, NGOs Must Collaborate To Reduce Chronic Disease Burden

Devex: 5 smart ways for the private sector and NGOs to tackle chronic diseases together Jeff Sturchio, president & CEO of Rabin Martin “…The greatest contribution of health care companies to public health is and always will be the research and development of medicines and technologies to diagnose, prevent, treat,…

S. African Health Minister Discusses Nation’s Efforts On HIV, NCDs In NPR Interview

NPR: He Fixed South Africa’s AIDS Policy, Now He’s Out To Fight Salt NPR provides excerpts from a conversation with South African Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi, who is in the U.S. for two weeks “‘to meet influential people,’ he says.” He discusses the nation’s efforts to treat people living…

Ebola Outbreak Overwhelms Liberia’s Health Facilities, Workers

News outlets report on Liberia’s efforts to treat Ebola patients, as health facilities and workers are overwhelmed by the number of infected people. Deutsche Welle: Liberia’s forgotten diseases “…Liberians are not only afraid of contracting Ebola, they are also scared of being wrongly diagnosed when they may in fact be…

Improved, Healthier Cookstoves Fail To Sell In Rwanda

VOA News: Rwandans Balk at Price of Improved Cooking Stoves “A campaign to persuade people in Rwanda to buy a new improved type of cooking stove — which uses less fuel and is less smoky — hasn’t succeeded, according to the stoves’ manufacturers. They say the public still doesn’t realize…

Blog Post Examines Report, Forum On Global Drug Policy

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Calling for a war on drugs ceasefire: A talk about harm reduction policies, and policy harm reductions… Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses a recent report from the Global…