Global Tobacco Control Updates

  • Waterpipe use is dangerous and needs strong regulation

    Research Alert | 27 April 2016

    Waterpipe tobacco smoking (WTS) is gaining popularity worldwide. A meta-analysis of WTS research studies published in Public Health Reports compares inhaled toxicants from WTS and cigarette smoking. The article analyzed 17 studies for smoke inhalation volume and levels of nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide output.

  • New WHO research projects major health, development and economic gains from tobacco tax increases

    Research Alert | 14 April 2016

    The World Health Organization published a study earlier this month that investigates the potential for tobacco taxation to contribute to the 2030 agenda for sustainable development by reducing tobacco use, saving lives and generating tax revenue. Researchers developed a simulation model of the global cigarette market using data for 181 countries that together represented 98 percent of the world’s smokers. The model projects the impacts of excise tax increases on retail cigarettes prices, cigarette excise revenue, the rate of daily cigarette smokers, and the future number of smoking-attributable deaths averted among adults globally in 2014.

  • India takes critical step to curb tobacco use by implementing 85 percent graphic health warnings on all tobacco products

    Press Release | 7 April 2016

    WASHINGTON, DC— Last week the Government of India intensified its fight against the tobacco epidemic by implementing 85 percent graphic health warnings on both sides of all tobacco products, making its warnings among the largest in the world. The new graphic health warnings will save countless lives.  We commend India’s government for standing up against industry attacks on the health warning policy and moving forward with vigorous implementation efforts.  We are confident the India’s Government will continue to put the health of the Indian people as its top priority and will not cave in to the continued pressure from the tobacco industry.

  • A Kenyan High Court Upholds Tobacco Control Regulations, Rejecting British American Tobacco Challenge

    Press Release | 24 March 2016

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Kenyan High Court today upheld provisions of the country’s 2014 Tobacco Control Regulations, rejecting legal challenges to the regulations by British American Tobacco (BAT). The court’s decision is a resounding victory for public health and allows the Kenyan government to move forward with implementing a law that will protect millions of citizens from the devastating consequences of tobacco use. As a party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the world’s first public health treaty, Kenya is legally obligated to implement measures to reduce tobacco use.

  • Indian Policy Makers Try to Weaken Graphic Health Warnings in Favor of Industry Profits – Again!

    Tobacco Unfiltered Blog | 23 March 2016


    A committee of Indian parliamentarians heavily influenced by the tobacco industry has recommended that increased graphic health warnings championed by the Ministry of Health be reduced in size.

    India’s Daily Mail called the committee’s report “an unabashed manifesto of the tobacco industry.”

  • Tobacco control advocates defeat tobacco industry attempts to undermine implementation in Costa Rica

    Research Alert | 18 March 2016

    In 2012, Costa Rica overcame decades of tobacco industry interference to enact a strong, comprehensive tobacco control law. However, Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco continued to interfere in tobacco control policy by trying to prevent full implementation of the law. A recent study published in Tobacco Control analyzed how the continued engagement of civil society following enactment of the law was critical to ensuring effective implementation of the law’s provisions on smoke-free environments, tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship (TAPS), graphic health warnings (GHWs) and tobacco taxation. Data for the study included tobacco control legislation, news stories and interviews with key informants.

  • Comprehensive Smoke-free Law in Hong Kong Reduces Hospital Admissions for Children

    Research Alert | 29 February 2016

    Tobacco Control published a study examining the impact of Hong Kong’s 2007 comprehensive smoke-free law on child hospital admissions for lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI). The study analyzed data from 75,870 hospital records of children (age 18 years and younger) admitted for LRTIs between January 2004 and December 2012. The research analysis controlled for air quality and weather.

  • 80 percent graphic health warnings more effective than 50 percent in Uruguay

    Research Alert | 5 February 2016

    In 2009, Uruguay increased the size of its graphic health warning labels (GHWs) from 50 to 80 percent of the total surface of the front and back of tobacco packs. A recent study from the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Uruguay Survey published in Tobacco Control measures the impact of this increase on noticeability, frequency of thoughts about smoking harms and quitting, and how often GHWs stopped smokers from having a cigarette. The longitudinal study sample consisted of 1,746 adult smokers (age 18 and older) from five cities.

  • 35 Health Groups Urge Congress to Support Trans-Pacific Partnership Provision Protecting Health Measures from Tobacco Industry Attacks

    Press Release | 3 February 2016

    WASHINGTON, DC – As the United States and 11 other countries prepare to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement later today, 35 leading public health and medical groups today urged Congress to support a TPP provision that protects life-saving tobacco control measures from tobacco industry legal attacks under the agreement.

  • Exposure to point-of sale tobacco promotion increases the risk of youth smoking

    Research Alert | 20 January 2016

    A study recently published in Tobacco Control shows that exposure to point-of-sale (POS) tobacco “promotion” is a risk factor for youth smoking. POS tobacco promotion can include tobacco advertising, product display, and retail incentives such as price incentives and giveaways. The findings are based on a meta-analysis of 13 studies published between January 1990 and June 2014.

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