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Also In Global Health News: China Smoking Ban; Gates Foundation Grants; Global Consumer Taxes; Polio Vaccination In Uzbekistan; Maternal Mortality In Uganda

China Vows To Ban Smoking From Public Places By 2011 “China, the world’s biggest consumer of tobacco, has insisted it will honour a pledge to ban smoking in public places by 2011 in accordance with an international treaty, state media said Tuesday,” Agence France-Presse reports. “Senior ministry official Yang Qing…

Tobacco Companies Increase Marketing To Women In Developing Countries

Agence France-Presse examines a trend among tobacco firms targeting ads toward women in developing countries: “Advertisements telling smokers they are smarter, more energetic and better lovers than their non-smoking counterparts are a familiar sight across Bangladesh – something unimaginable in most other countries,” the news service writes. Health experts worry that such advertisements may be behind a rise in the numbers of Bangladeshi women using tobacco.

WHO Director-General Calls For Greater Efforts To Reduce Tobacco Use

In a speech on Friday marking the fifth anniversary of an international tobacco control treaty, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan called for government officials worldwide to increase efforts to protect their population from the harmful effects of tobacco, Reuters reports. “Tobacco kills more than 5 million people a year from cardiovascular disease, cancers, diabetes and other chronic illnesses, including about 600,000 from second-hand smoke, according to the United Nations agency,” the news service writes.

Opinion: Food Aid; HIV Vaccine, Microbicide Research; Global Tobacco Surveillance

Business Day Examines Business Of Feeding World’s Hungry In a Business Day opinion piece, analyst Shoshana Perrey examines U.S. food aid policy: “When the U.S. Congress passed Bill PL 480 in 1954, the American food aid regime was founded on four principles: find an outlet for the mounting tonnes of…

WHO Issues Report On Global Tobacco Use

“Tobacco use kills at least 5 million people every year, a figure that could rise if countries don’t take stronger measures to combat smoking, the World Health Organization said Wednesday,” during the release its Global Tobacco Epidemic report (.pdf), the Associated Press reports (Cheng, 12/9).

WHO To Expand Tobacco Control Efforts In Africa

The WHO announced Friday it was expanding its efforts to control tobacco use in Africa, Reuters/ABC News reports. The agency “said it wanted to stop tobacco from becoming as prevalent in Africa as it is in other parts of the world and would set up a regional hub in 2010 for health experts to work with governments to introduce anti-smoking policies,” the news service writes.

Also In Global Health News: Global Corruption; HIV Vaccine; Smoking; DRC Aid

Global Corruption Fight Slowing, Report Says A new report from Transparency International says the fight against corruption worldwide is slowing as urgency to address the global economic downturn recedes, Bloomberg reports. “This year’s index, which measures the perception of corruption in a country, showed that 129 of the 180 nations…

Global Alliance For Chronic Diseases Announces Targets

The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) on Monday outlined plans “to invest tens of millions of dollars in heart and lung disease studies in a battle against a global epidemic of chronic disease,” over five years, Reuters reports.