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2015 Awards for Global Tobacco Control Winner: Nepal Ministry of Health and Population

Honored for their work in warning people about the dangers of tobacco smoke
Nepal has taken the lead among Southeast Asian nations when it comes to controlling and reducing tobacco use.  Initiated by the Ministry of Health and Population in 2011, Nepal has enacted a comprehensive law comprised of large graphic health warnings, comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising and sponsorships, as well as a smoke-free law for public spaces—all while facing immense pressure from the tobacco industry.  To date, the Ministry of Health has faced 16 extensive court cases brought against the measure by the tobacco industry. Unbowed, the Ministry of Health and Population has won 14 of those cases, with two appeals currently pending.

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