On 19 July, WHO will launch the new WHO Report on the global tobacco epidemic, which provides the latest evidence on the state of tobacco use and control efforts globally. The report details the large growth during the past decade in the number of people worldwide being protected by best practice tobacco control measures. It also explains the major challenges posed by tobacco industry interference to government tobacco control policy making and implementation in all countries, and how such tactics are endangering health, economies and national and global development.
The 2017 report focuses on success, and areas for improvement, in adopting the six “MPOWER” measures, that are consistent with the demand reduction provisions in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco control: 1) Monitor tobacco use and prevention policies; 2) Protect people from tobacco smoke; 3) Offer help to quit tobacco use; 4) Warn people about the dangers of tobacco; 5) Enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship; and 6) Raise taxes on tobacco.
On Wednesday, 19 July, from 11:45am-1:30pm New York time, WHO, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Government of Uruguay will stage a high-level event at One UN Millennium Hotel, 1 United Nations Plaza, New York, to launch the WHO Report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2017. This event will include a press conference. The main scheduled speakers are:
- Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.
- Mr Michael R. Bloomberg, WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable diseases and Founder, Bloomberg Philanthropies.
- Dr Jorge Basso, Minister of Public Health, Uruguay.
- Dr Douglas Bettcher, Director, WHO Department for the Prevention of Noncommunicable diseases.