Global Tobacco Control Updates
Tobacco smoking impact on life expectancy in 63 countries around the world
Research Alert | 6 December 2016
A study published by Tobacco Control assesses the impact of tobacco smoking on life expectancy worldwide between 1980 and 2010. Cause-specific mortality data from the WHO Mortality Database (1980–2010) was extracted for 63 countries. Researchers also estimated the potential gain in life expectancy at age 40 if smoking-related deaths in middle age (40–79 years) were eliminated. Among the 63 countries included in the study 2 were located in Africa, 15 in the Americas, 12 in Asia, 32 in Europe, and 2 in Oceania.
Michael Bloomberg Continues His Life-Saving Leadership in Global Fight Against Tobacco
Press Release | 5 December 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former New York City Mayor and philanthropist Michael R. Bloomberg announced today that he is committing an additional $360 million to the global fight against tobacco use, bringing his total commitment to nearly $1 billion.
Landmark Smoke-Free Law in Shanghai Will Reduce Smoking, Save Lives
Press Release | 11 November 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The government of Shanghai today announced a historic new regulation that will require smoke-free public spaces in one of the world’s largest cities. Shanghai’s bold action will reduce smoking and secondhand smoke exposure in a city of more than 20 million people – and in a country home to some of the highest smoking rates in the world.
Philippines’ 2012 tobacco tax reform found effective, a model for other countries
Research Alert | 27 October 2016
In 2012, the Philippines passed landmark tobacco and alcohol tax reform, popularly known as the “Sin Tax Law.” The law greatly simplified and increased excise taxes and contributed to the government’s goal of universal health care by earmarking a substantial share of new the tax revenues for a dedicated health fund.
Stronger cigarette pack health warnings work
Research Alert | 13 October 2016
A study published in Social Science & Medicine examines the impact of policies that strengthened requirements for health warnings on cigarette packs. Researchers reviewed 32 studies from 20 countries that assessed the impact on knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, intentions and behavior. Most of the studies examined changes from text-only to pictorial health warnings; the remainder examined changes that strengthened either text or pictorial health warnings. Together, the studies involved 812,363 participants.
Tobacco control policies in Brazil effective across population sectors
Research Alert | 26 September 2016
Brazil is a global leader in tobacco control, having adopted a comprehensive and effective set of public policies designed to prevent and reduce tobacco use. A 2015 study published in Tobacco Control examines how the implementation of several tobacco control policies in Brazil such as large graphic health warnings on tobacco products and strong tobacco advertising restrictions have affected smoking behavior and health among smokers. Data sources include the 2008 and 2013 Global Adult Tobacco Survey, nationally representative surveys designed to assess tobacco use indicators.
Survey of tobacco use in Vietnam shows some progress, but government should do more to save lives
Tobacco Unfiltered Blog | 6 September 2016
The people of Vietnam are breathing easier thanks to a national tobacco control law that expanded smoke-free public places, according to a recent government-sponsored survey. The survey, the second Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) to be carried out in Vietnam, shows the 2012 Vietnam National Tobacco Control Law – which mandates smoke-free public places such as restaurants and other workplaces – has helped reduce secondhand smoke exposure since the first survey was carried out in 2010. There has also been a small decline in the smoking rate.
Michael Bloomberg Is Uniquely Qualified to Serve as WHO Global Ambassador for Non-Communicable Diseases
Press Release | 17 August 2016
No one is more qualified and committed than Mayor Bloomberg to lead the global fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, cancer, chronic lung disease and diabetes, which are the world’s biggest killers and place an ever-growing burden on low- and middle-income countries.
WHO experts group recommends banning menthol in tobacco products
Research Alert | 25 July 2016
Menthol is a widely used flavoring additive in cigarettes and other tobacco products. It is characterized by a minty flavor and cooling effect that reduces the irritation a smoker feels when smoking. An Advisory Note prepared by the World Health Organization Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation summarizes evidence on the use and health effects of menthol in tobacco products from three seminal reports from the United States and Europe and from 64 new peer-reviewed studies that were published after those reports were issued.
Historic Win for Global Health: Uruguay Defeats Philip Morris Challenge to Its Strong Tobacco Control Laws
Press Release | 8 July 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a historic public health victory that will be felt around the world, Uruguay has won an international legal battle against Philip Morris International to uphold its strong laws to reduce tobacco use.
Explore Laws and Litigation From Around the WorldTobacco Control Laws
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Cebu City Sun Star (ph)
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01 Dec 2016
- Tobacco firms fail to stop UK introduction of plain packaging
The Guardian (uk)
01 Dec 2016
- Philip Morris's vision of cigarette-free future met with scepticism
The Guardian (uk)
01 Dec 2016
- 10 Years Later: Bloomberg's Big Bet on Tobacco Reduction
30 Nov 2016