Global Tobacco Control Updates

  • Reports Find Action on Tobacco Control in Africa Urgently Needed

    RESEARCH ALERT | 10 April 2014
    A new report by the Network of African Science Academies calls for immediate action to prevent the growing threat of tobacco use in Africa. The report, Preventing a Tobacco Epidemic in Africa: A Call for Effective Action to Support Health, Social, and Economic Development, assesses tobacco use and production, and their health, economic, social, and environmental effects. The report also reviews current tobacco control efforts in Africa and examines tobacco industry tactics to undermine these efforts.

  • Senegal Takes a Stand for Public Health, Bans Smoking in Public Places

    By enacting a new law containing provisions proven to reduce tobacco use, Senegal has become the latest country to join a growing tobacco control movement in Africa. The new law is one of the strongest passed yet by an African government to address the deadly global tobacco epidemic, which each year kills more than six million people around the world.

  • Ethiopia Becomes 178th Country to Ratify Tobacco Control Treaty

    NEWS | 31 March 2014
    The World Health Organization has officially accepted Ethiopia's ratification of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the world's first international public health treaty. Now comprised of 178 parties, the treaty obligates countries to implement proven methods to reduce the devastating toll of tobacco use, the world’s leading cause of preventable death.

  • Take the Marlboro Teen Fashion Quiz

    As revealed by a report issued today by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and other international public health groups, Philip Morris International (PMI) is conducting a global marketing campaign for its best-selling Marlboro cigarettes – called “Be Marlboro” – that uses themes and images sure to appeal to youth.

  • Philip Morris International Urged to End Global Ad Campaign for Marlboro Cigarettes that Has Been Found to Target Youth

    PRESS RELEASE | 12 March 2014
    A coalition of international public health organizations today called on Philip Morris International (PMI) to end a global marketing campaign for its best-selling Marlboro cigarettes that has been found by a German court to target youth and has generated similar complaints in other countries. The organizations issued a new report detailing how the "Be Marlboro" campaign, which has spread to more than 50 countries, uses themes and images that appeal to youth.

  • 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.

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