March 08, 2006
New Reports on Tobacco from World Health Organization
(1) World Health Organization (WHO): Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI: Why is Tobacco a Public Health Priority?: http://www.who.int/tobacco/en/
"Tobacco is the second major cause of death in the world. It is currently responsible for the death of one in ten adults worldwide (about 5 million deaths each year). If current smoking patterns continue, it will cause some 10 million deaths each year by 2020. Half the people that smoke today -that is about 650 million people- will eventually be killed by tobacco."
(2) Best Practices in Tobacco Control - Regulation of Tobacco Products Canada Report: http://www.who.int/tobacco/global_interaction/tobreg/canadian_bp/en/index.html
"The Tobacco Free Initiative announces the release of a best practices report highlighting Canadian tobacco product regulation. The Canadian tobacco regulatory regime, identified as one of the best by TFI and the WHO Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation (TobReg), incorporates mandatory periodic emissions testing, emissions disclosure based on all characteristics of the tobacco product, and labelling requirements which mandate large, clear health warnings and informational messages. And most noteworthy, this best practice shows how Canada, in an effort to promote public health goals, creatively maneuvered around the limitations of the ISO smoking machine testing protocol by amending their regulation to require manufacturers to additionally test using a more intense testing regimen."
(3) TobReg - Advisory Note Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking: Health Effects, Research Needs and Recommended Actions by Regulators (in English and Arabic): http://www.who.int/tobacco/global_interaction/tobreg/waterpipe/en/index.html
"This advisory note addresses the growing concerns about the increasing prevalence and potential health effects of tobacco smoking using waterpipes, a practice which dates back for at least four centuries in Africa and Asia."
Posted by pfa at March 8, 2006 03:46 PM