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U.N. Calls For Higher Taxes On Tobacco

U.N. News Centre: U.N. agency advocates for higher tobacco taxes to save millions of lives “Ahead of World No Tobacco Day, the United Nations health agency is calling on countries to raise taxes on tobacco to encourage users to stop and prevent other people from becoming addicted to tobacco…” (5/30).

China Can Be Model For ‘Implementing Sustainable, Effective Tobacco Control Policies’

Huffington Post: World No Tobacco Day: Tobacco Control Offers Proven Public Health Benefits — Will China Seize the Opportunity? Jeffrey Sturchio, senior partner at RabinMartin, and Ambassador Sally Cowal, senior vice president of global health at the American Cancer Society “…China alone has an estimated 300 million smokers — nearly…

Blog Post Reflects On World No Tobacco Day 2014

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: World No Tobacco Day 2014 Cynthia Lewis, deputy director for the tobacco initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, reflects on the policy priorities of World No Tobacco Day, which takes place each year on May 31 (5/30).

Integrating Care For HIV, NCDs Has Benefits, Symposium Participants Say

BMJ Group Blogs: NCDs and HIV — where’s the intersection? Florence Smith, a research assistant at C3 Collaborating for Health, discusses a recent symposium organized by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and FHI360 that looked at the benefits of integrated care for HIV and non-communicable diseases (NCDs)…

Scientists Urge WHO To Resist Classifying E-Cigarettes As Tobacco Products

News outlets report on a letter from more than 50 scientists urging the WHO to resist classifying e-cigarettes as tobacco products. Agence France-Presse: Ahead of No Tobacco Day, doctors oppose ban on e-cigarettes “The e-cigarette was pushed center stage ahead of World No Tobacco Day, with doctors and policy experts…

Almost 30% Of World Overweight Or Obese, Researchers Say

News outlets report on findings that almost 30 percent of the world’s population is overweight or obese. Associated Press: 30 percent of world is now fat, no country immune “Almost a third of the world is now fat, and no country has been able to curb obesity rates in the…

Refugees Denied Cancer Treatments Due To Steep Medical Costs, Study Says

News outlets report on a study published in Lancet Oncology on access to cancer treatments for Iraqi and Syrian refugees. Agence France-Presse: Syria refugees denied cancer treatment, says UNHCR “Lack of funds is forcing aid workers to deny Syrian war victims and other refugees with cancer the care they need,…

Kenya Receives $2M Donation For Obstetric Fistula Treatment; U.N. Calls For End To Injury

Media outlets report on Kenya’s receipt of a $2 million donation to treat obstetric fistula and the U.N.’s call to eradicate the injury. Thomson Reuters Foundation: Kenya gets ‘game changing’ record donation for fistula treatment “A ‘game changing’ $2 million donation will help Kenyan surgeons to give 1,200 women life-transforming…

World Health Assembly Approves Resolutions, Frameworks

Media outlets recap recent releases from the World Health Assembly, which was held in Geneva this past week. Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Hepatitis resolution passed by 67th World Health Assembly includes calls for increased access to new medicine, syringe exchange Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science…

Talking More About Hepatitis B, HIV Can Alleviate Stigma

Huffington Post “Healthy Living”: Talking About Hepatitis B and HIV: Working to End the Stigma Jeffrey Caballero, executive director at the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO), and Isha Weerasinghe, hepatitis B policy fellow at AAPCHO “…May 19 was both National Hepatitis Testing Day and National Asian & Pacific…