Global Tobacco Control Updates

  • 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

    photoWASHINGTON, D.C. – The World Health Organization has made an inspired choice in appointing Michael R. Bloomberg as the WHO Global Ambassador for Non-Communicable Diseases.

    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. 

    En EspañolEn el histórico triunfo para la Salud Mundial, Uruguay derrota a Philip Morris que desafío a sus fuertes leyes de control del tabaco

  • 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.

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