Global Tobacco Control Updates

  • Global Burden of Disease Study Finds Progress and Challenges

    Research Alert | 10 April 2017

    In a new study published in The Lancet, researchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle find that the rate of daily smoking for men and women at the global level has fallen since 1990 but that due to population growth, the number of smokers worldwide has increased. The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study estimates daily smoking rates, numbers of smokers, deaths attributable to smoking, and the burden of disease attributable to smoking by sex, age, and year for 195 countries and territories from 1990 through 2015.

  • WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control has decreased global smoking rate but more action is needed

    Research Alert | 3 April 2017

    A new study published by researchers at the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project, University of Waterloo in Canada, examines the effects on smoking of key measures of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). These measures include: raise tobacco taxes (Article 6), smoke-free public spaces (Article 8), health warning labels (Article 11), comprehensive advertising bans (Article 13), and support for smoking cessation services (Article 14). The study analyzed WHO data from 126 countries, tracking strong implementation of the five key policies. Researchers explored the relationship between the number of measures fully implemented and country's smoking rates from 2005 to 2015.

  • Philippines’ Dramatic Drop in Tobacco Use Shows Tobacco Control Efforts Are Working and Must Remain a Priority

    Press Release | 20 March 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The government of the Philippines today reported that adult tobacco use has dropped by nearly 20 percent – from 29.7 percent in 2009 to 23.8 percent in 2015. The dramatic decline, highlighted in the Philippines’ second Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS), confirms that strong measures the government has taken to prevent and reduce tobacco use are working.

  • Kenya’s Court of Appeal Rejects British American Tobacco Suit, Upholds Tobacco Control Regulations

    Press Release | 17 February 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kenya’s Court of Appeal in Nairobi today upheld the country’s 2014 Tobacco Control Regulations, affirming a lower court’s findings and rejecting legal challenges to the regulations from British American Tobacco (BAT) Kenya. The court’s decision is a resounding victory for public health and allows the government to move forward with implementing a law that will help protect Kenyans from the devastating consequences of tobacco use. As a party to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Kenya is legally obligated to implement evidence-based measures to reduce tobacco use.

  • Canadian Cancer Society Status Report on Pack Warning Labels Now Available in Seven Languages

    Research Alert | 7 February 2017

    The Canadian Cancer Society released an updated version of the Cigarette Package Health Warnings: International Status Report in November 2016 based on data collected through October 2016. The report is now available in seven languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

  • Global cost of smoking was US$1.4 trillion in 2012

    Research Alert | 1 February 2017

    A new study published in Tobacco Control found smoking was responsible for almost six percent of global spending on healthcare in 2012. The study used the Cost of Illness method to estimate the economic cost of diseases attributable to smoking. In this approach, economic costs are defined as either ‘direct costs’—or health care expenditures--such as hospitalization costs, equipment and medication, or as ‘indirect costs’ which represent productivity loss due to disease and death.

  • If Philip Morris Is Serious About a “Smoke-Free Future,” It Should Stop Marketing Cigarettes, Fighting Efforts to Reduce Smoking

    Press Release | 26 January 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Philip Morris International – the world’s largest non-governmental cigarette manufacturer – this week launched a new website that claims the company is committed to a “smoke-free future.” As long as Philip Morris continues to do everything it can to fight proven policies and programs that reduce smoking and continues to aggressively market cigarettes around the world, often in ways that appeal to children, their claims do not deserve to be taken seriously.

  • Strong tobacco control policies have prevented almost 22 million deaths since 2007

    Research Alert | 12 January 2017

    The World Health Organization (WHO) established MPOWER in 2008 to help countries implement the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). A new study published in Tobacco Control estimates the impact of countries having adopted at least one "highest level" MPOWER measure through 2014. Results are based on projections from SimSmoke, a tobacco control policy simulation model that estimates policy impacts on number of smokers and number of smoking-attributable deaths.

  • NCI-WHO Report: Tobacco Use Costs Countries Over $1 Trillion Annually, Making Fight Against Tobacco a Public Health and Economic Priority

    Press Release | 10 January 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – A landmark global report released today provides another powerful reason why the fight against tobacco must be a priority for countries around the world: It not only saves lives, but also reduces the enormous economic toll of tobacco use. The report finds that tobacco use does not contribute to economic development. In fact, tobacco use burdens countries with more than $1 trillion a year in health care costs and lost productivity, while measures to reduce tobacco use are highly cost-effective and do not harm economies, according to the report issued by the U.S. National Cancer Institute and the World Health Organization.

  • Working Together Around the World to Kick The Tobacco Habit

    Tobacco Unfiltered Blog | 6 January 2017

    (This post was published by Health Affairs Blog, where the full content can be found.)

    By Kelly Henning, Bloomberg Philanthropies
    Ten years ago, the world was a different place when it came to tobacco. Fewer than twenty developing countries in the world had even one strong tobacco control policy in place. The tobacco industry was beginning an aggressive ramping up of nefarious activities to grow their market share in vulnerable developing countries. And although advocates for tobacco control measures had a major public health victory in passing the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the world’s first public health treaty, little financial or technical help was available to support countries that wanted to put life-saving, proven tobacco control policies in place.

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