Global Tobacco Control Updates
Protests Force Cancellation of Marlboro Concert Series in Bangladesh
Tobacco Unfiltered Blog | 24 November 2014
A recent report by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and other public health organizations exposed how Philip Morris International is conducting a global marketing campaign — called Be Marlboro — that uses themes and images that appeal to youth. Now Philip Morris has canceled a series of concerts in Bangladesh after health advocates protested that the concerts violated the country’s tobacco control laws and marketed cigarettes to kids.
Big Tobacco Fined for Fueling Black Market in U.K.
Tobacco Unfiltered Blog | 17 November 2014
For years, the major tobacco companies have fought cigarette tax increases and other tobacco control measures by claiming they will spark massive increases in cigarette smuggling and black markets. But stories in The Wall Street Journal (subscription only), The Guardian and other media reveal that British American Tobacco (BAT), the world’s second largest multinational tobacco company, has been supporting – and profiting from – the same cigarette smuggling schemes that tobacco companies claim are caused by policies to reduce tobacco use.
Cutting-Edge Philippine Health Warnings to Feature Real Patients
Tobacco Unfiltered Blog | 12 November 2014
The Philippine government has issued an administrative order with details for implementing the country’s new graphic warning labels, which will be printed on all tobacco packaging by June 2016. The warnings will depict the ugly truth about tobacco use – the world’s leading cause of preventable death and the cause of more than 73,000 deaths each year in the Philippines.
Public Health Groups Seek to Halt Industry-supported Plan to Lower Tobacco Taxes in Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus
Press Release | 11 November 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has joined six other leading public health groups to urge the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) to scrap a tobacco tax harmonization proposal that, if adopted, would leave prices of tobacco products in the region among the lowest in the world, keeping cigarettes cheap and plentiful for young smokers. The EEC is the governing body of the Eurasian Customs Union, founded by Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus this year.
Pack Warning Resource Now Available for African Governments and Advocates
Research Alert | 29 October 2014
Graphic warning labels on cigarette packs are an effective tool in the fight to reduce tobacco use. The Secretariat of the WHO Framework for Tobacco Control (FCTC) and the World Lung Foundation have just released the online Afro Pack Warning Resource to assist African governments and civil society groups implement effective graphic health warnings on tobacco products. This resource provides information on best practices for effective product labelling, a library of pictorial images, and links to related resources.
WHO Conference Recommends Nations Increase Tobacco Taxes To Save Lives
Tobacco Unfiltered Blog | 17 October 2014
India Takes Historic Step to Protect Health and Save Lives by Requiring Large, Graphic Tobacco Warnings
Press Release | 15 October 2014
New Report: Graphic Cigarette Warnings Spread Around World
Tobacco Unfiltered Blog | 14 October 2014
Uruguay Stands Up to Big Tobacco’s Bullying and Defends Its Landmark Tobacco Laws Against Legal Challenge from Philip Morris International
Press Release | 13 October 2014
Ahead of Global Meeting, Big Tobacco Seeks to Derail Progress on Life-Saving Tobacco Taxes
Tobacco Unfiltered Blog | 8 October 2014
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