Global Tobacco Control Updates

  • 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

    photo 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.

  • Norway’s Health Minister Blasts U.S. Chamber of Commerce Lobbying for Big Tobacco

    Tobacco Unfiltered Blog | 12 August 2015

    New examples continue to emerge about how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) affiliates have done the bidding of the tobacco industry and fought measures to reduce tobacco use around the world. In the latest example, Norway’s Health Minister Bent Høie is blasting the American Chamber of Commerce in Norway for opposing a government proposal to require that tobacco products be sold in plain packaging.

  • Effectiveness of graphic health warnings in Africa: The experience of Mauritius

    Research Alert | 12 August 2015

    In 2009, Mauritius became the first country in the World Health Organization (WHO) African Region to implement graphic health warnings (GHWs) on tobacco product packages, with 60% coverage on the front and 70% coverage on the back of packs. A study published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research finds that the implementation of GHWs in Mauritius significantly enhanced the effectiveness of the warnings, but effectiveness decreased over time. The study is based on data from the International Tobacco Control Mauritius Survey. Data on 668 adult smokers (ages 18 and older) were collected before and after GHWs implementation in three waves: 6 months prior to implementation (Wave 1), and 10-12 months (Wave 2) and 20-21 months (Wave 3) post implementation.

  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Must Protect Nations’ Right to Enact Measures to Reduce Tobacco Use

    Press Release | 31 July 2015

    WASHINGTON, DC – As they complete negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, the United States and the 11 other countries involved must ensure the final agreement protects the right of participating nations to adopt public health measures to reduce tobacco use and prevents tobacco companies from using the TPP to attack such measures.

  • Uganda Sets Powerful Example with Comprehensive Tobacco Control Law

    Tobacco Unfiltered Blog | 30 July 2015

    Uganda has joined the growing movement to reduce tobacco use in Africa by enacting a comprehensive tobacco control law. A key provision of the law requires 100 percent smoke-free indoor public places, workplaces and public transport and also prohibits smoking within 50 meters of all public places. This provision and others faced strong opposition from British American Tobacco Uganda, which lobbied policymakers to provide for designated smoking areas.

  • GATS Atlas: Multi-country Comparison of Tobacco Use Highlights Action Needed and Progress

    Research Alert | 27 July 2015

    The CDC Foundation recently published The GATS Atlas, a compilation of national survey data of adults 15 years and older collected in 22 low- and middle-income countries between 2008 and 2013. Data in this online resource covers 58% of the world’s adult population. Information is presented by the World Health Organization (WHO) MPOWER strategy, and also provides data highlights by region and for Thailand and Turkey, two countries that have conducted two rounds of GATS.

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