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  • A weekly round- up of selected health news from around the world. Posted each Friday.

    WLF is quoted in this unsettling Jakarta Globe article about smoking rates in Indonesia—the only country in Asia that has not ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Over 420,000 Indonesian children aged 10-14 smoke regularly.

    Will the U.S. Supreme Court strike down President Obama’s push for graphic warnings on tobacco packs? Talking Points Memo explores the possibility.

    Executive Issue cites WLF while exploring the importance of tobacco taxation.

    The Wall Street Journal publishes a six-part series on starvation in India.

    WLF’s CEO Peter Baldini is quoted in this article about the two percent of men who die each year from tobacco-related illness in Nigeria. (The Nation Nigeria)

    Big Tobacco pours $9 million into fighting against a $1 per pack tobacco tax increase in California. (LA Times)

    The UK government considers stripping all packaging from cigarette packs; government representatives point out that attractive branding may influence the 5% of 11-15 year olds who smoke in the UK.

    Joyce Banda, a women’s rights advocate who has consistently pushed for maternal health initiatives and girls’ education, has just been sworn in as president of Malawi—making her Africa’s second female head of state. (UN Dispatch)

    A U.S. federal appeals court weighs the constitutionality of graphic warnings on tobacco packs. (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

    A key ingredient in success? Failure, says the head of the CDC. (The Wall Street Journal)

    Rising poverty in Egypt threatens advances against tuberculosis in the country. (AllAfrica)

    South Sudan struggles to provide adequate maternal and infant health care as it emerges from a two-decade long civil war. (UNICEF)

    The Chinese Ministry of Health joins the chorus of organizations denouncing China National Tobacco’s entry into a national science contest. (China Daily)

    Screening smokers for lung cancer may be more effective than comparable cancer scans. (LA Times)

    Doctors in Alaska are fighting a high rate of tuberculosis – over double the rate of the rest of the country. (Alaska Public)

    Have a news item that you think should be included in ‘This Week in Global Health’?

    Stephen Hamill
    Associate Director, Communications and Advocacy
    World Lung Foundation

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