2010-10-04 Operated by nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality nursing care for all and sound health policies globally. What's New {besps}slideshow{/besps}On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2012, ICN encourages its members to collaborate with other health professionals and government bodies for the total ban of tobacco use and smoking in public places and to lobby for changes in environmental health policy such as smoke-free public places.  We also encourage tobacco users to consult their health care practitioner for help in quitting.  Smoking is one of the prime causes of non-communicable disease, along with, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and the harmful use of alcohol.  Read more… In March this year, Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization gave a strong speech on Galvanizing global action towards a tobacco-free world at the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Singapore. Read more… Global health leaders urge release of Bahraini health professionals. Read more... Nursing and midwifery leaders highlight nurses' and midwives' important contribution to addressing the growing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and call for action in a number of areas. Read the Communiqué following the meeting in Geneva on 18-19 May 2012 of government chief nursing and midwifery officers, representatives of national nursing and midwifery associations and nursing and midwifery regulatory bodies. The meeting was co-hosted by the International Council of Nurses, the International Confederation of Midwives and the World Health Organization. Read more... ICN launches the Wellness Tree & second wave of the NCD nursing initiative to lead the fight against noncommunicable diseases. Read more... ICN stresses critical need for evidence-based approach to nursing service. Read more...