Global Tobacco Control Updates

  • Study shows flavor capsules are misleading and increase tobacco product appeal

    Research Alert | 20 May 2015

    Over the last few years, the tobacco industry has introduced flavor capsule cigarettes into many markets, and industry reports emphasize their importance for growing market share. A recent study published in the journal Tobacco Control examined adult smokers’ use and perceptions of cigarettes with flavor capsules in the filter. Study authors collected data between 2012 and 2014 through online quarterly surveys of 5,723 adult smokers in Mexico, 5,864 adult smokers in Australia, and 6,865 adult smokers in the United States. The study not only found that use of flavor capsules has increased, but also that many smokers believe flavor capsule cigarettes are more stylish and less harmful than regular cigarettes.

  • Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Honors Michael Bloomberg For Extraordinary Leadership in the Fight Against Tobacco

    Press Release | 14 May 2015


    Washington, DC – The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids tonight will present Michael R. Bloomberg with its highest honor, the Champion Award, in recognition of his unparalleled leadership in the fight against tobacco.

    As mayor of New York City from 2002 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg implemented a comprehensive strategy to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, leading to dramatic reductions in smoking rates and contributing to a significant increase in the average life expectancy of New Yorkers.

    As a philanthropist, he launched the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use in 2007, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries. Bloomberg Philanthropies has invested more than $600 million to support proven tobacco control strategies in over 40 countries. More than 1.7 billion people are now protected with smoke-free laws and other effective tobacco control policies.

  • Updated Guide for Estimating Cigarette Illicit Trade Released

    Research Alert | 4 May 2015

    The Economics of Tobacco Control Project at the University of Cape Town and Tobacconomics, a project at the University of Illinois at Chicago, recently released a guide for assessing levels of illicit trade of cigarettes. Understanding and Measuring Cigarette Tax Avoidance and Evasion: A Methodological Guide can be used by government and civil society to develop reliable estimates of cigarette illicit trade, analyze existing studies and expose weaknesses in the estimates produced by the tobacco industry.

  • WHO report says reducing tobacco use by 30 percent in countries is key to reducing early death from NCDs

    Research Alert | 23 April 2015

    The World Health Organization’s Global Status Report on noncommunicable diseases: “Attaining the nine global noncommunicable diseases targets; a shared responsibility” tracks worldwide progress in the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). The report also details priority actions for attaining the nine global targets to be achieved by 2025 in order to prevent and control NCDs, including the target of a 30 percent reduction in country rates of adult tobacco use.

  • Undermining Government Tax Policies: Common Strategies Employed by the Tobacco Industry in Response to Tobacco Tax Increases

    Research Alert | 17 April 2015

    A new publication from the Economics of Tobacco Control Project at the University of Cape Town and Tobacconomics, a project at the University of Illinois at Chicago details strategies used by tobacco companies to avoid the impact of planned tobacco tax increases on company profits and outlines what governments can do to prepare effective responses. Undermining Government Tax Policies: Common Strategies Employed by the Tobacco Industry in Response to Tobacco Tax Increases is designed to assist government to monitor, anticipate and understand tobacco industry actions prior to tobacco tax increases. Tobacco control partners are encouraged to use this document to strengthen their understanding of tobacco industry practices and to inform tax policymakers.

  • New Tobacco Atlas Finds Tobacco Use Costs the Global Economy Over $1 Trillion Per Year (USD)

    Research Alert | 9 April 2015

    The American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation released The Tobacco Atlas, Fifth Edition, a reference tool for advocates to use in the global fight against tobacco control use at the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health. The Atlas graphically details the scale of the tobacco epidemic; the harmful influence of tobacco on health, poverty, social justice, and the environment; the progress that has been made in tobacco control; and the latest products and tactics being deployed by the tobacco industry. The Tobacco Atlas website, which has been updated to provide the best and most recent evidence available, also includes country fact sheets, downloadable infographics, raw data and videos that can easily be shared on social media.

  • Bloomberg Philanthropies & The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Launch Anti-Tobacco Trade Litigation Fund

    Press Release | 18 March 2015

    Abu Dhabi — Michael R. Bloomberg & Bill Gates today announced the launch of the Anti-Tobacco Trade Litigation Fund, a new joint effort to combat the tobacco industry’s use of international trade agreements to threaten and prevent countries from passing strong tobacco-control laws. Backed by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the new support for low and middle-income countries is the most recent element in a comprehensive strategy to reduce tobacco use globally. Tobacco will claim 1 billion lives in this century unless urgent action is taken.

  • Ireland, UK Join Australia in Requiring Plain Packaging for Tobacco Products

    Tobacco Unfiltered Blog | 17 March 2015

    Ireland and the United Kingdom have become the second and third countries, after Australia, to require that cigarettes and other tobacco products be sold in plain packaging, free of free of colorful logos and other branding that encourage tobacco use.

  • On 10th Anniversary of Tobacco Control Treaty, Nations Are Making Progress and Must Step Up Fight Against World’s Top Preventable Killer

    Press Release | 27 February 2015

    WASHINGTON, DC – This week marks the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) – the world’s first treaty devoted to improving public health. In the decade since taking effect on February 27, 2005, the FCTC has spurred nations across the globe to implement proven, life-saving measures to reduce tobacco use called for by the treaty, including graphic health warnings, comprehensive smoke-free laws, higher tobacco taxes and bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. It has also focused much-needed attention on the tobacco industry’s relentless efforts to fight these measures and sell more of its deadly and addictive products, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

  • Pakistan to Introduce Large, Graphic Warnings on Tobacco Products

    Tobacco Unfiltered Blog | 19 February 2015

    Pakistan has announced that it will require large, graphic health warnings on all tobacco products, better informing its citizens about the deadly consequences of tobacco use. Effective March 30, tobacco products in Pakistan must bear warning labels covering 85 percent of tobacco packaging.

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