Global Tobacco Control Updates
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.
Cigarette smoking and hospitalization in Lebanon
Research Alert | 22 June 2016
Tobacco smoking is a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, cancer, respiratory illnesses and a wide range of other negative health outcomes resulting in hospitalization. A study published in BMJ assessed the link between smoking and hospitalization. Cigarette smoking exposure was calculated according to smoking status (i.e., current, former, or never smoker) and “pack-years” (estimated based on duration, frequency, and intensity of smoking).
Lessons from Tobacco Taxation Can Serve Developing Countries
Research Alert | 16 June 2016
In May 2016, the World Bank hosted a conference on the pressures developing countries face to lower tax rates and shrink their tax base while also fighting tax avoidance and evasion. These dynamics undermine the ability of developing countries to implement critical government projects, as well as programs to serve the poor.
Spread of Plain Packaging Boosts Fight Against Tobacco this World No Tobacco Day
Press Release | 31 May 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As countries mark World No Tobacco Day, recognized by the World Health Organization each year on May 31, global efforts to fight tobacco use are getting a critical boost from an innovative and fast-spreading new strategy – laws requiring that cigarettes and other tobacco products be sold in plain packaging, without logos and other colorful branding that increase the appeal of these deadly and addictive products to youth.
As Congress Reviews Trans-Pacific Partnership Following ITC Report, Provision Protecting Tobacco Control Measures Warrants Strong Support
Press Release | 20 May 2016
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) this week released its report on the likely economic impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, marking another key step toward congressional consideration of the agreement. As Congress evaluates the TPP, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids urges strong support for its historic provision that protects the sovereign right of the United States and other TPP nations to adopt public health measures to reduce tobacco use. This provision prevents tobacco companies from using the TPP to launch lengthy and expensive legal attacks on such measures.
In Victory for Global Health, UK High Court Upholds Plain Tobacco Packaging Law – Innovative Strategy Spreads from Australia to Europe
Press Release | 19 May 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In another major victory for global health and defeat for the tobacco industry, the United Kingdom's High Court today upheld the UK's new law requiring that tobacco products be sold in plain packaging. The ruling comes a day before the UK and France are set to implement their plain packaging laws on May 20, as they join Australia in adopting this groundbreaking strategy to accelerate progress in reducing tobacco use and save lives.
President Tabaré Vázquez of Uruguay Honored for Global Leadership in Fight against Tobacco
Press Release | 16 May 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids announced that it has selected Uruguay’s president Dr. Tabaré Vázquez to receive its highest honor, the Champion Award, which recognizes extraordinary leadership in the fight against tobacco use around the world. President Vázquez is being honored for his unparalleled leadership in reducing tobacco use in Uruguay and for his courage in standing up to the tobacco industry. President Vázquez has set an example for Latin America and the world.
Tool to measure tobacco control sustainability developed
Research Alert | 13 May 2016
A new study in Tobacco Control examines the utility of a tool to assess and guide the sustainability of national tobacco control programs. Researchers identified 31 indicators of sustainability based on reports from civil society groups, government officials, and health experts to the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease from 2007 to 2015. The indicators’ relative importance was determined from focus groups and key informant interviews with 52 government and civil society participants in seven low- and middle-income countries: China, Chad, Indonesia, Mexico, Bangladesh, Georgia, and Pakistan.
Dr. Feras Hawari of Jordan Honored for Leadership in Global Fight against Tobacco
Press Release | 10 May 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Feras Hawari of Jordan has been chosen to receive the 2016 Judy Wilkenfeld Award for International Tobacco Control Excellence for his leadership in the fight against tobacco use in Jordan and throughout the Middle East. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids will present Dr. Hawari with the award at its annual awards gala on May 17, 2016, in Washington, D.C.
Explore Laws and Litigation From Around the WorldTobacco Control Laws
- Past Deadline, Most Cigarettes Still Lack Graphic Pictures
Cambodia Daily (kh)
27 Jul 2016
- City legislators aim to ban smoking at all indoor public venues
Shanghai Daily (cn)
27 Jul 2016
- RI needs to learn from Uruguay’s int’l tobacco lawsuit
Jakarta Post (id)
26 Jul 2016
- Will plain-packaged smokes help bring about the 'endgame' for tobacco?
Ottawa (Ont) Citizen (ca)
24 Jul 2016
- Beijing tobacco vendors breaking law with school locations
23 Jul 2016