Global Tobacco Control Updates

  • U.S. Authorities Urged to Investigate British American Tobacco for Allegations of Widespread Bribery and Corruption in Africa

    Press Release | 18 August 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following new allegations about the conduct of British American Tobacco (BAT) in Africa –published today by The Guardian – the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is urging the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate BAT and its subsidiaries for possible violations of the anti-bribery and accounting provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Tobacco-Free Kids requested the investigation in a letter today to the two government agencies.

  • WHO Report Shows Global Progress in Fighting Tobacco Use, but Countries Must Do More to Save Lives

    Press Release | 19 July 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – A report card on the global fight against tobacco use, issued today by the World Health Organization (WHO), shows that while a growing number of countries are making important progress, there is still much more work to do to stand up to the tobacco industry and stop tobacco from killing one billion people worldwide this century.

  • Reuters Exposes Massive Philip Morris Scheme to Fight Global Tobacco Control Efforts – Shows Company’s Claimed Commitment to a “Smoke-Free Future” is a Sham

    Press Release | 13 July 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – An investigative report published today by Reuters reveals a massive, secretive campaign by tobacco giant Philip Morris International to undermine the global tobacco control treaty, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and fight countries’ efforts to implement the life-saving measures called for by the treaty.

  • Study: Tobacco Companies Are Marketing Flavored Cigarettes to Appeal to Children in Latin America; Countries Must Act to Protect Kids

    Press Release | 15 June 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Multinational tobacco companies are marketing a new generation of highly flavored tobacco products, like menthol, mint and fruit, that appeal to kids throughout Latin America. In many cases they are selling them near schools, according to a new study released today by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

  • 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.

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