Global Tobacco Control Updates

  • 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.

  • Ukraine Continues Fight Against Tobacco with Significant Cigarette Tax Increase

    Tobacco Unfiltered Blog | 19 January 2016

    photo In a big win for public health, Ukraine’s President has signed a new law increasing taxes on cigarettes by 40 percent. The law, which takes effect March 1, continues Ukraine’s strong commitment to reducing the devastating burden of tobacco-related death and disease. It was enacted despite strong opposition from the tobacco industry and its allies. 

  • Households headed by tobacco users spend less on education and healthcare

    Research Alert | 30 December 2015

    Most of the world’s one billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).  A study published in BMC Public Health examines the relationship between tobacco use and household spending on food, education, and healthcare across 40 LMICs. The study is based on data from the World Health Survey 2002 – 2004, which includes a study sample of 53,625 adult male tobacco users below the age of 60 years who were the main household providers.

  • 2015: Taking the Fight to Big Tobacco

    Tobacco Unfiltered Blog | 23 December 2015

    photo From Hawaii and San Francisco to New Orleans and Beijing, 2015 has been a year of groundbreaking victories in the fight against tobacco – the No. 1 cause of preventable death. These achievements show we can win this fight and make the next generation tobacco-free – but only if the proven strategies that drive progress are fully implemented. We cannot let up because the tobacco industry never lets up – as the industry’s actions remind us over and over again.

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Undeserving of “Cancer Gold Standard” Because of Its Global Lobbying for Big Tobacco

    Press Release | 22 December 2015

    photoWASHINGTON, D.C. – It is incomprehensible that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been recognized by the CEO Roundtable on Cancer for its efforts against cancer when the Chamber has helped the tobacco industry fight life-saving and cancer-preventing tobacco control policies around the world, as recently revealed by a multi-part investigation by The New York Times.

  • Smoke-free Legislation in Hong Kong Saves Lives

    Research Alert | 21 December 2015

    Exposure to secondhand smoke is a well-established cause of a variety of health harms leading to premature death. A recent study published in the journal BMJ measured changes in death rates due to cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and other causes after Hong Kong implemented a smoke-free law. The 2007 smoke-free law mandated no smoking in the indoor areas of restaurants, workplaces and other public spaces, but allowed some exemptions (for example, bars) until July 2009. Data on deaths were obtained from the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department for the years 2001 through 2011. Changes in death rates were calculated adjusting for the smoking rate in Hong Kong.

  • In Big Win for Global Health, Australia Defeats Philip Morris Challenge to Its Plain Cigarette Packaging Law

    Press Release | 18 December 2015

    WASHINGTON, DC – In a public health victory of global significance, Australia has won an international legal battle against Philip Morris to uphold its pioneering law requiring that cigarettes be sold in plain packaging. An arbitration tribunal today threw out Philip Morris’ challenge to the law under an investment treaty between Australia and Hong Kong, ruling unanimously that it did not have jurisdiction to hear the case.

  • Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez: A Leading Force for Tobacco Control

    Tobacco Unfiltered Blog | 11 December 2015

    photoIt takes courage to stand up to Big Tobacco — and Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez continues to do just that in fighting tobacco use in his country of 3.4 million people. The Inter-American Heart Association recently recognized this courage when it presented President Vázquez with the Science of Peace Award at a ceremony in Chile. The award honored his strong commitment to tobacco control both in Uruguay and around the world.

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