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19/10/2017

Dr. Tedros calls for alcohol labelling

On 18th October, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus spoke at the opening ceremony of WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases in Montevideo, Uruguay.

In his speech, the newly-appointed WHO Director-General lamented the global spread of NCDs, and the light-touch policies exploited by industries.

Dr. Tedros argued that not addressing the root causes of epidemics of obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, mental illness and asthma was akin to “fighting an inferno with a garden hose”.

Highlighting the importance of healthy choices, he stated that “We must make it clear to people what is in their food. We must label alcoholic drinks to indicate the harm they cause”.

Full text available here: http://www.who.int/dg/speeches/2017/opening-ncds-conference/en/

Picture source: WHO http://www.who.int/dg/en/