Global Tobacco Control Updates
Tobacco Industry Interference Index Warns of Industry Influence in Seven ASEAN Countries
RESEARCH ALERT | 19 February 2014
The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) recently released a report scoring seven Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries in the implementation of policies compliant with FCTC Article 5.3. Tobacco control groups in Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand worked with SEATCA to produce this civil society report.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Ranked Among Most Innovative Companies
TOBACCO UNFILTERED BLOG | 10 February 2014
Bloomberg Philanthropies has been named one of the most innovative companies in the world by Fast Company as part of its annual guide to business performance and creativity. Focusing on the foundation's results-oriented approach to tackling the world's most important issues, the magazine hails Bloomberg Philanthropies’ data-driven philosophy and highlights its role in driving progress against tobacco use.
Chinese Government Bans Smoking in Schools
NEWS | 31 January 2014
Following a recent mandate prohibiting government officials from smoking in public, the Chinese government has taken another significant step by banning smoking in schools throughout the country. The latest step affirms the government’s increasing commitment to curbing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke in China, the world’s leading consumer of cigarettes.
Guide for Conducting TAPS Compliance Studies Now Available in Seven Languages
RESOURCE | 30 January 2014
This guide helps advocates working to strengthen implementation of TAPS laws by presenting step-by-step information about how to plan and conduct studies to assess compliance with laws that address point-of-sale advertising and product displays, outdoor advertising, and product packaging. Sample data collection tools are included in the appendix.
Fighting Big Tobacco in Indonesia and Africa
TOBACCO UNFILTERED BLOG | 29 January 2014
Indonesia and Africa are among Big Tobacco's top targets as the industry increasingly targets low- and middle-income countries in its insatiable quest for profit, no matter the cost in lives and health. Recent news stories document both the enormous challenges posed by the tobacco epidemic in these countries and regions – and the growing call for strong action to rein in the tobacco industry and save lives.
Surgeon General Says: Enough is Enough – End Smoking Now
RESEARCH ALERT | 17 January 2014
Fifty years ago, the Surgeon General of the United States released a landmark report documenting the serious negative health effects of cigarette smoking. Since then, the United States (U.S.) has implemented a series of tobacco control policies, and tobacco use has been cut by more than half: from 43% in 1965 to 18% today. Despite the decline in the smoking rate, over the last 50 years, tobacco has killed more than 20 million Americans and tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States.
Report: Tripling Tobacco Taxes Could Prevent 200 Million Deaths This Century
TOBACCO UNFILTERED BLOG| 10 January 2014
A new report published in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that global efforts to increase tobacco taxes could save millions of lives around the world this century. Tripling tobacco taxes would reduce smoking rates by a third and prevent an estimated 200 million premature smoking-related deaths, the study concludes.
Strong Tobacco Control Policies Urgently Needed to Reduce Tobacco Use, Despite Reduction in Global Tobacco Prevalence
RESEARCH ALERT | 8 January 2014
A new study in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, finds a significant decrease in the global prevalence of tobacco use among male and females, however the number of smokers worldwide has increased. The study estimates smoking prevalence, numbers of smokers, and number of cigarettes smoked per smoker per day for 187 countries from 1980 through 2012. The study estimates are based on consumption data from national and major multi-country surveys and data on tobacco production and sales.
Chinese Officials to Lead by Example, Refrain from Smoking in Public Places
TOBACCO UNFILTERED BLOG| 31 December 2013
A new notice issued by the Chinese government enlists government officials in an official effort to increase compliance with smoking bans throughout China. The notice prohibits officials from smoking in public places including schools, hospitals, sports venues, public transportation vehicles and other venues where smoking is banned.
“They’re trying to intimidate everybody”
TOBACCO UNFILTERED BLOG| 13 December 2013
The New York Times today made the tobacco industry’s latest bullying tactic front page news. The Times story by Sabrina Tavernise shows how tobacco companies are fighting nations’ laws to reduce tobacco use by challenging them as violations of international trade and investment agreements.
Explore Laws and Litigation From Around the WorldTobacco Control Laws
- How advocacy defeated the organisers of Inter-tabac ASIA
Framework Convention Alliance (ch)
07 Mar 2014
- Indonesians Smoke 302 Billion Pieces Of Cigarettes In 2013
BERNAMA (Malaysian National News Agency) (my)
05 Mar 2014
- Support for public smoking ban
The Southern Times (New Era Corp.) (na)
05 Mar 2014
- 10 Filipinos die hourly due to smoking-related illnesses - Drilon
Philippine Daily Inquirer (ph)
04 Mar 2014
- The tobacco industry: Government cougherrs
28 Feb 2014