Global Tobacco Control Updates

  • Philip Morris International Fined in Brazil for Targeting Youth with its "Be Marlboro" Ads

    TOBACCO UNFILTERED BLOG | 28 August 2014
    Philip Morris International's "Be Marlboro" campaign is coming under fire again for targeting youth. This time, the consumer protection agency from the Brazilian state of São Paulo has fined Philip Morris over $480,000.The agency acted after a formal complaint was filed against Philip Morris by tobacco control activists who documented how its marketing tactics were aimed at youth. Paula Johns, Executive Director of the Brazilian advocacy organization ACT, calls the campaign "cynical", noting that “independence and autonomy are associated with a product that actually makes the person dependent.

  • Australia Reports Dramatic Drop in Smoking Following Plain Cigarette Packaging and Other Tobacco Control Measures

    PRESS RELEASE | 16 July 2014
    Australian health officials today reported that the nation’s smoking rate has dropped by more than 15 percent – from 15.1 percent in 2010 to 12.8 percent in 2013 – following implementation of a landmark law requiring that cigarettes be sold in plain packaging. This dramatic decline follows a sustained commitment by the Australian government to implement a comprehensive set of measures to drive down smoking.

  • Despite Outrage, Philip Morris International Expands Global "Be Marlboro" Campaign

    TOBACCO UNFILTERED BLOG | 15 July 2014
    Despite international media criticism and widespread calls from public health groups and government officials to end its "Be Marlboro" marketing campaign, Philip Morris International is doubling down and expanding its youth-oriented campaign around the globe.

  • WHO: Smoking Increases Risk of Dementia

    TOBACCO UNFILTERED BLOG | 11 July 2014
    The U.S. Surgeon General and other public health authorities around the world have found that smoking damages nearly every organ in the human body and harms health at every stage of life. Yet we are continually learning new ways in which smoking harms health.

  • Uganda's First Adult Tobacco Survey Shows Peril and Opportunity to Head-off Epidemic

    TOBACCO UNFILTERED | 07 July 2014
    A new survey of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke in Uganda shows that the country still has the opportunity to head off a burgeoning tobacco epidemic — but only if government leaders act fast to implement scientifically proven solutions.

  • Tobacco Control improves the health of pregnant women and their babies in Uruguay

    TOBACCO UNFILTERED BLOG | 02 July 2014
    Between 2005 and 2012, Uruguay instituted a set of strong tobacco control policies. By 2012, the government had banned nearly all advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products, prohibited smoking in all indoor enclosed public places and workplaces, mandated rotating graphic warning labels covering 80 percent of the front and back of packs, allowed only one cigarette pack presentation per brand, and required healthcare providers to treat nicotine dependence.

  • BBC Report: Philip Morris’ Be Marlboro Campaign “Aimed Unashamedly at Young People”

    TOBACCO UNFILTERED BLOG | 16 June 2014
    A new documentary from the BBC calls out Philip Morris International for its global marketing campaign promoting Marlboro cigarettes that has been found to target youth. The BBC report finds the "Be Marlboro" ad campaign is "aimed unashamedly at young people."

  • Crucial Battle for Graphic Warning Labels in Philippines Draws International Attention

    TOBACCO UNFILTERED BLOG | 10 June 2014
    The international public health community has turned its eyes to the Philippines this week as the country considers life-saving legislation which would require graphic pictorial warning labels on tobacco products. Part of efforts to significantly reduce the devastating toll of tobacco use in the country, advocates have worked tirelessly to ensure the real harms of tobacco use are shown right on tobacco packaging.

  • Brazil Takes Crucial Step toward Becoming World’s Most Populous Smoke-Free Country

    TOBACCO UNFILTERED BLOG | 06 June 2014
    In December 2011, Brazil enacted a historic tobacco control law that, among other things, would make Brazil the world’s most populous country to go smoke-free. However, fierce tobacco industry opposition has slowed implementation of the law.

  • Big Changes in Russia as Nation Fully Implements Tobacco Control Law

    TOBACCO UNFILTERED BLOG | 02 June 2014
    Russia on June 1 finished implementing its comprehensive tobacco control law, extending a prohibition on smoking in public places to hospitality venues, including restaurants, cafes, bars and hotels. Newly-implemented provisions also ban point-of-sale displays of cigarettes and other tobacco products and end tobacco sales at kiosks that are common through the country.

  • Tobacco Use Declines Following Tobacco Tax Increase in Turkey

    RESEARCH ALERT | 02 June 2014
    Turkey raised its Special Consumption Tax on tobacco in early 2010. An article in the current issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) finds that the tobacco tax increase reduced smoking of manufactured cigarettes, especially among the poor. Findings are based on results from the 2008 and 2012 Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) for Turkey.

  • On World No Tobacco Day, Governments Urged to Raise Tobacco Taxes

    PRESS RELEASE | 30 May 2014
    Each year, the World Health Organization’s World No Tobacco Day, observed on May 31, focuses global attention on the deadly toll of tobacco use and the need for countries to take strong action to address this entirely preventable epidemic. This year, we join the WHO and other public health organizations in calling on governments to raise taxes on tobacco products, which is the single most effective way to reduce tobacco use and save lives.

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