Global Tobacco Control Updates
Nepal Implements World’s Largest Graphic Health Warnings on Tobacco Packs
Tobacco Unfiltered Blog | 9 November 2015
Nepal recently implemented the world’s largest graphic health warnings on tobacco packs, covering 90 percent of the front and back of the pack. Nepal’s new warnings set a global example and show other countries what can be accomplished by prioritizing health and standing up to the tobacco industry.
Trans-Pacific Partnership Includes Historic Provision Protecting Health Measures from Tobacco Industry Attack
Press Release | 5 November 2015
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the United States and 11 other countries published the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement reached last month. In a truly historic step for public health, this agreement includes a provision that protects the right of participating nations to adopt public health measures to reduce tobacco use and prevents tobacco companies from using the TPP to launch legal attacks on such measures.
New Report: Big Tobacco Breaking Laws to Target Kids in Latin America
Tobacco Unfiltered Blog | 4 November 2015
A new report documents how the tobacco industry is breaking laws and exploiting loopholes to target kids with deadly tobacco products in 14 countries across Latin America. According to the report, the tobacco industry is using a variety of marketing tactics – some illegal – to target youth at shops, kiosks and other places where tobacco is sold to consumers.
Smokeless Tobacco Use Has a Significant Impact on Global Health
Research Alert | 4 November 2015
An analysis published in BMC Medicine estimates the global burden of adult smokeless tobacco use for the first time ever. The analysis is based on data from the 2010 Global Burden of Disease study and systematic reviews of country-specific prevalence and epidemiological studies related to smokeless tobacco use worldwide. Estimates of the overall burden of disease of smokeless tobacco use in terms of number of deaths and disability-adjusted-life-years (DALYs) were calculated for 113 countries. DALYs are the number of years lost due to ill-health, disability or early death.
Latest New York Times Report: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Ties to Big Tobacco Go Back Decades
Tobacco Unfiltered Blog | 15 October 2015
This summer, an investigative series by The New York Times exposed how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has worked systematically in countries around the world to fight life-saving policies to reduce tobacco use. The Chamber’s strategies have included directly opposing countries’ tobacco control policies, pitting countries against each other in costly international trade disputes, and seeking to influence trade agreements to benefit tobacco companies.
Tobacco Giants Say They Shouldn’t Be Singled Out under Trans-Pacific Partnership – Why Not When Their Products Kill 6 Million a Year and They Have Abused the Trading System
Press Release | 9 October 2015
WASHINGTON, DC – It is absurd that tobacco giants Philip Morris International and Altria are complaining the tobacco industry is being "singled out" because the new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement prevents them from using the TPP to attack life-saving measures to reduce tobacco use.
In Historic Step for Public Health, Trans-Pacific Partnership Protects Health Measures from Tobacco Industry Attack
Press Release | 5 October 2015
WASHINGTON, DC – In a truly historic step for public health, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement announced today by the United States and 11 other countries includes a provision that protects the right of participating nations to adopt public health measures to reduce tobacco use and prevents tobacco companies from using the TPP to launch legal attacks on such measures.
Health Groups Back Efforts to Protect Tobacco Control Measures Under Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
Press Release | 2 October 2015
WASHINGTON, DC – As the United States and 11 other countries conclude negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, we welcome reports that a proposal offered this week would protect the rights of participating nations to adopt public health measures to reduce tobacco use and prevent tobacco companies from using the TPP to launch legal attacks on such measures.
Waterpipe Tobacco Use is Increasing Worldwide: More Regulation Needed
Research Alert | 2 October 2015
An Advisory Note by the World Health Organization (WHO) Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation finds that waterpipe tobacco—also known as “narghileh,” “shisha,” or “hookah”—is increasingly being used around the world, particularly by young people. Waterpipe tobacco use is widely misunderstood by the public to be a safer practice than cigarette smoking. However, this second edition Advisory Note concludes that there are many toxic chemicals in waterpipe tobacco smoke, which can cause various types of cancer and other short and long-term health effects.
Big Tobacco: You Give Bon Jovi a Bad Name
Tobacco Unfiltered Blog | 4 September 2015
Jon Bon Jovi quit smoking several years ago, and his foundation works “to combat issues that force families and individuals into economic despair” and has supported programs for kids with cancer. So the rocker should be concerned that one of Indonesia’s biggest tobacco companies is using his name and his band to market its deadly products.
Explore Laws and Litigation From Around the WorldTobacco Control Laws
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AAP (Australian Associated Press) (au)
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Korea Herald (kr)
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