Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo, 31 May 2015 - On World No Tobacco Day (31 May, 2015), the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) is mobilising its members to raise awareness of the health benefits of plain packaging for cigarettes.  

    World No Tobacco Day is observed worldwide today and provides an opportunity to draw attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes.



    Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo, May 5, 2015 – It is estimated that between 300 and 400 million people worldwide suffer from asthma and about 250,000 people die each year, most of them in low- and middle income countries. Although asthma affects all ages, races and ethnicities, wide variation exists in different countries and in different groups within the same country. During the past three decades, asthma has been increasing in developed and developing countries and it is the most common chronic disease in children as described in the Global Asthma Report 2014 (1).


    Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo, March 24, 2015 – The global TB prevalence rate, defined as the number of individuals living with TB disease per every 100,000 people, is decreasing more slowly now than at any time since the year 2000, according to data reported annually by the World Health Organization (WHO). The years 2012-2013 (the most recent years for which data are available) saw the slowest reported decline in global TB prevalence in 15 years.


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