Global Tobacco Control Updates

  • 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.

  • John Oliver Takes Down Big Tobacco

    Tobacco Unfiltered Blog | 18 February 2015

    The big tobacco companies proclaim loudly and often that they have changed and are now responsible corporate citizens. But it took just 18 minutes for political satirist John Oliver to rip those claims to shreds and show how Philip Morris International and other tobacco companies target kids around the world and bully countries that try to save lives.

    On this week’s episode of his hit HBO show Last Week Tonight, Oliver showed how tobacco companies have gone after low- and middle-income countries as they faced growing restrictions and declining smoking rates in the United States and other wealthier countries.

  • 2014: A Historic Year in the Fight Against Tobacco

    Tobacco Unfiltered Blog | 31 December 2014

    From CVS’s bold decision to end tobacco sales to once-unimaginable progress in countries such as Russia, India and China that have the world’s highest rates of tobacco use, 2014 has been a truly historic and pivotal year in the fight against tobacco.

    As 2014 winds down, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids celebrates the achievements of the past year, and we renew our commitment to ending the tobacco epidemic in the United States and around the world.  We are grateful to our many partners and supporters who are committed to making the next generation tobacco-free.

  • Canadian Cancer Society Releases Updated Status Report on Pack Warning Labels

    Research Alert | 22 December 2014

    The Canadian Cancer Society released an updated version of the "Cigarette Package Health Warnings: International Status Report." Previous editions were published in 2008, 2010 and 2012. The report ranks 198 countries/jurisdictions based on the size of their health warnings on cigarette packages, and lists countries that have finalized requirements for picture warnings. The report finds that considerable progress in this policy area is being made internationally.

  • New Report: Smokeless Tobacco Use is an Overlooked Global Scourge with a Huge Public Health Toll

    Press Release | 15 December 2014

    WASHINGTON, DC — Smokeless tobacco use is an overlooked public health menace that is used by more than 300 million people in at least 70 countries, causing cancer and other serious medical conditions, according to a comprehensive report issued today.

  • New Survey Shows Need for Kenya to Take Strong Action to Save Lives from Tobacco Use

    Tobacco Unfiltered Blog | 2 December 2014

    An estimated 2.5 million Kenyans — over 11 percent of the country’s adult population — currently use tobacco, according to the first Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) ever conducted in Kenya. This smoking rate is the highest yet shown by a GATS survey in sub-Saharan Africa, underscoring the need for Kenya to take strong action to reduce tobacco use.

  • Beijing Takes Historic Action to Reduce Smoking, Paves Way for National Law in China

    Press Release | 28 November 2014

    WASHINGTON, DC – China's capital city of Beijing today adopted a historic tobacco control law that will make Beijing one of the world's largest smoke-free cities. Beijing's bold action will reduce smoking and secondhand smoke exposure in this city of 21 million and provides powerful momentum for urgently-needed nationwide action to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in China.

  • 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.

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