Bengaluru honored with global award for tobacco control efforts

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  • Bengaluru has been awarded the Partnership for Healthy Cities Award-2023 in Uruguay. USD 150,000 has been provided under this award.
  • Bengaluru is among the five global cities that have been recognized for achievements in preventing noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries, the statement said, adding that the capital of Karnataka has been given a major boost in tobacco control, especially smoking in public places.
  • It has been awarded for efforts to reduce smoking and improve compliance with existing mandates on public smoking bans.
  • The cities were recognized for positively impacting the health of their population and making sustainable and lasting strides toward NCD and injury prevention that can be replicated in other jurisdictions.
  • According to the statement, the five winning cities each received USD 150,000 to further their work with the partnership.
  • The Karnataka capital was awarded for its efforts in tobacco control, specifically, reducing smoking in public places and improving compliance with existing mandates on public smoking bans, the statement said.
  • “The five cities being recognized demonstrate that mayors can drive powerful progress to protect the health of their citizens, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
  • WHO remains committed to working through the Partnership for Healthy Cities to support mayors around the world, to build cities that promote and protect health rather than harm it.

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