The Union is a global leader in the fight against tobacco use.
The Union centres its tobacco control work around the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) - an international health treaty - and a package of evidence-based measures proven to reduce tobacco use called MPOWER. Our work has spanned over 50 countries, impacting two-thirds of the world’s smokers. We focus on low- and middle-income countries, where 80 percent of tobacco deaths occur.
Our priority areas of work
The most effective way to reduce tobacco use is through the implementation of comprehensive tobacco control policies that are proven to tackle both supply and demand, like those set-out in the WHO FCTC and MPOWER package of tobacco reduction measures. The Union's work focuses on the priority areas below.
The Role of Strategic Communication and Mass Media for Tobacco Control Policy Implementation
The Union's Tobacco Control Department is partnering with experts from Vital Strategies to share experiences using strategic communication for smokefree implementation, through real-world case studies at the national and sub-national level. During this webinar, ask questions and learn about best practices, lessons learned and how these experiences can improve implementation.
The Union co-manages the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use Grants Program, which awards funds to projects delivering high-impact tobacco control interventions in low- and middle-income countries. In 2019 The Union launched the Global Implementation Programme, which supports cities to effectively implement tobacco control laws, and we are a key partner in STOP, a global tobacco industry watchdog. Both projects are also funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
The Union has managed 495 Bloomberg tobacco control grants in 45 countries.
Where we work
Many low- and middle-income countries, where 80 percent of tobacco-related deaths occur, are faced with rising affordability of tobacco products as well as an aggressive tobacco industry that targets both consumers and governments – so rates of tobacco use continue to rise. The Union has supported over 50 countries worldwide to implement tobacco control policies, impacting billions of people.
Tobacco Control Publications
The Union produces publications and resources to support governments and civil society working to reduce tobacco use. These support the implementation of evidence-based tobacco control policies; and provide guidance on complex new issues for tobacco control, such as e-cigarettes, to spark debate leading to further research and action. Find all Union publications.
The latest news on tobacco control
Timor-Leste Government endorses The Union tax policy paper, “Higher Tobacco Taxes for a Healthier Timor-Leste”
With a diverse group that included Members of Parliament, mayors, academics, civil society members, religious leaders, and…
The Bill to ban heated tobacco products in Hong Kong has been delayed, causing the authors to write to the IJTLD highlighting the risks of introducing new tobacco products. The preprint is free to read.
In its fight against lifesaving tobacco control policies—increased taxes, larger pictorial health warnings, and advertising bans—the…
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, and chronic respiratory diseases and their four…
Governor of Jakarta’s New Notification Will Significantly Improve Smokefree, TAPS, and Point of Sale Bans
After nearly a decade, the commitment and perseverance of tobacco control advocates including The Union will dramatically alter Jakarta’…
As part of the Tobacco Control Section, Union members work closely to organise webinars on varied tobacco control topics of interest to international audience, and assist tobacco control implementers and advocates with policy making in their countries, and contribute to the scientific programme of The Union World Lung Conference.