Global Tobacco Control Updates

  • Cigarette smoking and hospitalization in Lebanon

    Research Alert | 22 June 2016

    Tobacco smoking is a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, cancer, respiratory illnesses and a wide range of other negative health outcomes resulting in hospitalization. A study published in BMJ assessed the link between smoking and hospitalization. Cigarette smoking exposure was calculated according to smoking status (i.e., current, former, or never smoker) and “pack-years” (estimated based on duration, frequency, and intensity of smoking).

  • Lessons from Tobacco Taxation Can Serve Developing Countries

    Research Alert | 16 June 2016

    In May 2016, the World Bank hosted a conference on the pressures developing countries face to lower tax rates and shrink their tax base while also fighting tax avoidance and evasion. These dynamics undermine the ability of developing countries to implement critical government projects, as well as programs to serve the poor.

  • Spread of Plain Packaging Boosts Fight Against Tobacco this World No Tobacco Day

    Press Release | 31 May 2016

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – As countries mark World No Tobacco Day, recognized by the World Health Organization each year on May 31, global efforts to fight tobacco use are getting a critical boost from an innovative and fast-spreading new strategy – laws requiring that cigarettes and other tobacco products be sold in plain packaging, without logos and other colorful branding that increase the appeal of these deadly and addictive products to youth.

  • As Congress Reviews Trans-Pacific Partnership Following ITC Report, Provision Protecting Tobacco Control Measures Warrants Strong Support

    Press Release | 20 May 2016

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) this week released its report on the likely economic impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, marking another key step toward congressional consideration of the agreement. As Congress evaluates the TPP, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids urges strong support for its historic provision that protects the sovereign right of the United States and other TPP nations to adopt public health measures to reduce tobacco use. This provision prevents tobacco companies from using the TPP to launch lengthy and expensive legal attacks on such measures.

  • In Victory for Global Health, UK High Court Upholds Plain Tobacco Packaging Law – Innovative Strategy Spreads from Australia to Europe

    Press Release | 19 May 2016

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In another major victory for global health and defeat for the tobacco industry, the United Kingdom's High Court today upheld the UK's new law requiring that tobacco products be sold in plain packaging. The ruling comes a day before the UK and France are set to implement their plain packaging laws on May 20, as they join Australia in adopting this groundbreaking strategy to accelerate progress in reducing tobacco use and save lives.

  • President Tabaré Vázquez of Uruguay Honored for Global Leadership in Fight against Tobacco

    Press Release | 16 May 2016

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids announced that it has selected Uruguay’s president Dr. Tabaré Vázquez to receive its highest honor, the Champion Award, which recognizes extraordinary leadership in the fight against tobacco use around the world. President Vázquez is being honored for his unparalleled leadership in reducing tobacco use in Uruguay and for his courage in standing up to the tobacco industry. President Vázquez has set an example for Latin America and the world.

  • Tool to measure tobacco control sustainability developed

    Research Alert | 13 May 2016

    A new study in Tobacco Control examines the utility of a tool to assess and guide the sustainability of national tobacco control programs. Researchers identified 31 indicators of sustainability based on reports from civil society groups, government officials, and health experts to the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease from 2007 to 2015. The indicators’ relative importance was determined from focus groups and key informant interviews with 52 government and civil society participants in seven low- and middle-income countries: China, Chad, Indonesia, Mexico, Bangladesh, Georgia, and Pakistan.

  • Dr. Feras Hawari of Jordan Honored for Leadership in Global Fight against Tobacco

    Press Release | 10 May 2016

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Feras Hawari of Jordan has been chosen to receive the 2016 Judy Wilkenfeld Award for International Tobacco Control Excellence for his leadership in the fight against tobacco use in Jordan and throughout the Middle East. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids will present Dr. Hawari with the award at its annual awards gala on May 17, 2016, in Washington, D.C.

  • Smoke-free laws improve heart health and reduce smoking-related death

    Research Alert | 6 May 2016

    The Cochrane Collaboration recently assessed the impact of smoking bans in indoor public places and workplaces on health outcomes and exposure to secondhand smoke. The assessment is based on 77 studies from 21 countries published through until February 2015. Of the 77 studies, 44 examined smoke-free effects on cardiovascular health, 21 on respiratory health, 7 on perinatal health, and 11 on tobacco-related death. Participants in the 77 studies included smokers and nonsmokers.

  • Tobacco Industry Loses Landmark Court Rulings in India & EU, Upholding Graphic Tobacco Warnings (and Other Health Measures in EU)

    Press Release | 4 May 2016

    WASHINGTON, DC – In landmark victories for global health and major defeats for the tobacco industry, high courts in India and the European Union today upheld strong measures to reduce tobacco use, including requirements for large, graphic health warnings on tobacco products and, in the EU, a ban on flavored tobacco products, including menthol, and authority for countries to adopt standardized plain packages. Together, these rulings provide a powerful boost to worldwide efforts to combat a tobacco epidemic that will otherwise kill one billion people this century. They also represent a resounding rejection of the tobacco industry’s scorched-earth tactics that put profits before lives.

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