ASEAN Secretary launches Smokefree ASEAN campaign
In the opening ceremony, ASEAN Secretary-General, Dr Surin Pitsuwan launched the smoke-free ASEAN campaign, calling on ASEAN Member States to work together with the international community and civil society
within Southeast Asia towards the vision of a Smoke-Free ASEAN. He set the goal of extending smoke free policy to every capital city in ASEAN countries and to all 600 million people in ASEAN by the end of 2012”. With the slogan of “10 countries, 1 vision: a smoke-free ASEAN”, the campaign was initiated with a symbolic ceremony of the 10 Ministers of health joining 10 children with flags of the 10 ASEAN countries.
film clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8J91jngWsU
WPRO Blue Ribbon campaign
At the WCTOH, WHO Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) launched the Blue Ribbon Campaign.
Capaign objectives are to raise awareness of the harms of second-hand smoke, empower an recognize those who continue to work to denormalize smoking and advocate for smoke-free environments, and build political constituencies that can lobby for stronger smoke-free laws and regulations consistent with Article 8 of the WHO FCTC and its guidelines. The campaign calls on governments of the region to take ownership of national campaigns consistent with the objectives of the WPRO Regional Action Plan (2010-2014). As a gesture of support for the campaign and solidarity with the millions of people who support smoke-free policies, conference participants wore blue ribbons in solidarity with the millions of people who support smoke-free policies.
Press release on Blue Ribbon Campaign.
Blue Ribbon campaign
Overview of campaign (ppt)
Guidance document for Blue Ribbon Campaign
Blue Ribbon campaign in Singapore
Smokefree cities workshop
WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) held a pre-conference workshop, “Making your city smoke-free - 12 steps to an effective smoke-free legislation.
Targeting city-level policy makers and tobacco control advocates, the workshop provided WKC and WHO tools to guide cities in making their cities smoke-free.
Presentations from the workshop are available at the link below.
Smokefree universities manual launched at pre-conference Youth meeting
Youth who worked with ALIAR (Alianza Libro de Humo Argentina) to make Argentinean universities smokefree have produced a manual based on their experiences. The manual was launched at the pre-conference workshop. Global Smokefree Partnership supported the project.
Launch of the 4th Tobacco Atlas
American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation launched the 4th Tobacco Atlas.
It has a great interactive map of the percentage of youth who are exposed to secondhand smoke.
The number of secondhand smoke deaths that are women and children
The distribution of global deaths from secondhand smoke