Diabetes soars in Pakistan’s urban centres

The prevalence of type 2 diabetes is skyrocketing throughout Pakistan’s urban centres that grow daily as migrants arrive from rural areas. In response, the International Diabetes Federation and Diabetic Association of Pakistan lead awareness, education and prevention campaigns peaking on World Diabetes Day. In Pakistan, approximately 120 000 people die annually of diabetes-related complications. Even […]


Latest Research on Tobacco Use and Health Care Cost Has Global Implications

This month’s articles on health care costs and tobacco control in the South African Medical Journal (SAMJ) have far reaching implications beyond the shores of South Africa. The latest Global Burden of Disease data (Lancet, 2012) show that two of the top three risk factors that contribute to the highest burden of disease in Western Europe and the U.S. […]


World No Tobacco Day, “Ban all forms of Tobacco Advertising, Promotion & Sponsorship (TAPS)”

Analysis of the collected data from the Report “Monitoring of Tobacco Advertising, Promotion & Sponsorship (TAPS) and Point of Sale Advertising” reveals that Point of Sale (POS) advertisement is observed at 78% of the tobacco retail places, 77% POS are using “Power walls and Fascia” for tobacco advertising, beneficiary schemes for retailers observed at 32% of monitored POS . Further, […]


World No Tobacco Day 2013: Not just another day

The 31st of May 2013 will mark the 26th year of successive observance of World No Tobacco Day across the world, when WHO Member States resolved to commemorate a day every year to say NO to use of tobacco through a World Health Assembly Resolution in 1988. While this year’s message calls  to  ‘free ourselves’ […]


World No Tobacco Day 2013

According to GBD 2010, tobacco smoking continues to be the second leading risk factor for death and disability globally. 1 Tobacco-attributable deaths are projected to rise from 5.4 million in 2005 to 6.4 million in 2015 (10% of all deaths globally) and 8.3 million in 2030. 2 Over 1 billion people smoke globally – the […]


Protocol to eliminate illicit tobacco trade opens for signature

The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products opened for signature at WHO Headquarters in Geneva on January 10, 2013. The objective of the treaty is to eradicate illegal trade in tobacco products by interrupting the international supply chain through a global tracking and tracing system. According to information available in the public domain, illicit […]