Global Tobacco Control Updates

  • 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

  • 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.

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