Global Tobacco Control Updates
New Tobacco Atlas Finds Tobacco Use Costs the Global Economy Over $1 Trillion Per Year (USD)
Research Alert | 9 April 2015
The American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation released The Tobacco Atlas, Fifth Edition, a reference tool for advocates to use in the global fight against tobacco control use at the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health. The Atlas graphically details the scale of the tobacco epidemic; the harmful influence of tobacco on health, poverty, social justice, and the environment; the progress that has been made in tobacco control; and the latest products and tactics being deployed by the tobacco industry. The Tobacco Atlas website, which has been updated to provide the best and most recent evidence available, also includes country fact sheets, downloadable infographics, raw data and videos that can easily be shared on social media.
Bloomberg Philanthropies & The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Launch Anti-Tobacco Trade Litigation Fund
Press Release | 18 March 2015
Abu Dhabi — Michael R. Bloomberg & Bill Gates today announced the launch of the Anti-Tobacco Trade Litigation Fund, a new joint effort to combat the tobacco industry’s use of international trade agreements to threaten and prevent countries from passing strong tobacco-control laws. Backed by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the new support for low and middle-income countries is the most recent element in a comprehensive strategy to reduce tobacco use globally. Tobacco will claim 1 billion lives in this century unless urgent action is taken.
Ireland, UK Join Australia in Requiring Plain Packaging for Tobacco Products
Tobacco Unfiltered Blog | 17 March 2015
Ireland and the United Kingdom have become the second and third countries, after Australia, to require that cigarettes and other tobacco products be sold in plain packaging, free of free of colorful logos and other branding that encourage tobacco use.
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.
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