Daily Archives: March 3, 2010

Foundation expands focus to include childhood obesity

The organization that helped cut Virginia’s youth smoking rate almost in half hopes to duplicate that success by getting kids to kidschoose apples and playing outdoors over potato chips and watching television.

Tobacco control efforts targeting young people

Hong Kong – According to the Thematic Household Survey conducted by the Census and Statistics Department between late 2007 young smokersand early 2008, the number of daily smokers aged 15 or above was 676,900 or 11.8% of the population in that age group (male: 20.5%, female: 3.6%). The number of daily smokers aged 15-19 was 10,500 or 2.4% of the population in that age group (male: 3.5%, female: 1.2%). The daily consumption of cigarettes by smokers aged 15-19 was 9 and 11 in 2005 and 2008 respectively. This Thematic Household Survey also interviewed children aged 10-14. However, due to the small-scale sample size of this age group, as well as problems such as the possibility of unreliable sources of information, and possible under-reporting by respondents, children of this age group were not included in the data analysis of this survey.

WHO tobacco treaty a global first

GENEVA, On March 01 representatives from the 168 ratifying countries of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) tobacco treaty World Health Organizationgathered to celebrate its landmark fifth anniversary. As part of the convening, the treaty Secretariat released a comprehensive report on the history of the treaty, assessing its successes to date and the challenges that remain.