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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2059

Life & Health

Tobacco industry-funded Foundation fits in a long-established and sinister pattern of corporate chicanery

The Article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) obliges Parties to act to protect public health policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry in accordance with national law.

Tobacco industry-funded Foundation fits in a long-established and sinister pattern of corporate chicanery
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ILO should drop the tobacco industry - Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

The governing body of the International Labor Organization (ILO) – a United Nations agency –will meet in Geneva, beginning on October 26, to decide whether to cast out tobacco companies from its membership.

Mark Hurley -International Director of Tobacco Industry Campaigns, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kid
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An environment friendly decision

The World Health Organization states that cigarette butts are the most commonly discarded piece of waste globally and the most frequent item of litter picked up on beaches and water edges worldwide.

An environment friendly decision
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What's the link? Diabetes, latent TB, active TB disease and drug resistant TB

Incidentally, the opening day of the largest global lung health conference, also marked the World Obesity Day. One of the important highlights at the 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health was the study that probed if diabetes affects latent (or dormant) TB infection.

Photo caption: (L to R) Dr Mileni Romero, Jose Luis Castro, Dr Pablo Antonio Kuri Morales, Dr Leonardo Martinez
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Two novel TB drugs move into human studies

On the eve of the 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health, being held in Guadalajara, Mexico, the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance) announced the ongoing Phase-1 clinical studies for two new drugs for TB treatment, developed by it.

Two novel TB drugs move into human studies
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Promise to end AIDS by 2030: Are we on track?

Governments of over 190 nations, including India, have promised to end AIDS by 2030 by adopting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But the current data, trends and experiences of HIV experts pose serious concerns on if we are on track to end AIDS by 2030.

Photo caption: (L to R) Dr Franco Buonaguro, Dr Ishwar Gilada, Dr Sharon Lewin, Dr Naval Chandra at ASICON 2017
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Should we repeat the same mistake?

Tourism and Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga has called for the relaxing of restrictions placed on the sale of soft liquor. He stated that his plan was to remove restrictions on soft liquor and to make them freely available in order to boost tourism industry.

Dr. Samantha Kumara Kithalawaarachchi
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Students with less cognitive ability likely to make more mistakes than those with greater ability – Prof. Carlo Fonseka

The purpose of the Sri Lanka Medical Council is protecting health care seekers by ensuring the maintenance of academic and professional standards, discipline and ethical practice by health professionals who are registered with it.

Professor Carlo Fonseka - Former President, Medical Council
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35 countries announced a new commitment in tobacco control measures

This week 35 countries in the Americas announced a new commitment to accelerating progress in implementing proven tobacco control measures that will save lives and improve public health throughout the region.

WHO - Head Dr. Tedros Adhanom
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Sri Lanka government spends SLR 72 billion yearly for those suffering from diseases caused by tobacco smoking

Dr. Samantha Kumara Kithalawaarachchi, the Director to His Excellency, the President of Sri Lanka, Presidential Secretariat, spoke about the current situation in regard to tobacco taxation in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka government spends  SLR 72 billion yearly for those suffering from  diseases caused  by tobacco smoking
Sri Lanka government spends  SLR 72 billion yearly for those suffering from  diseases caused  by tobacco smoking
Dr Samantha K Kithalavarachchi
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