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

    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

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