This year Union Health Minister of India Jagat Prakash Nadda is chosen for WHO Director-General Special Recognition Awards for accelerating India’s tobacco control initiatives and taking bold measures to protect people against hazards of tobacco use. According to a WHO report, action to stamp out tobacco use can help countries prevent millions of people from falling ill and dying from tobacco-related diseases, combat poverty and reduce large-scale environmental degradation.
- The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is “Tobacco – a threat to development”
- Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will be the new head of WHO after replacing Margaret Chan.
- Headquarter of WHO is in Geneva, Switzerland.