Global Tobacco Control Updates

  • 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. While total cigarette sales are declining in Latin America, sales of flavored cigarettes are climbing. Most of the flavored cigarettes observed are sold by large, multinational tobacco companies such as Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco and Japan Tobacco International.

  • Findings on global youth smoking released, youth smokers want to quit

    Research Alert | 13 June 2017

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published an article in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report analyzing Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) data from 61 countries across the six World Health Organization (WHO) regions. The article examined the prevalence of current tobacco smoking and desire to quit smoking among students aged 13–15 years for the years 2012 through 2015.

  • India Dramatically Reduces Tobacco Use, Showing Strong Public Health Laws Save Lives

    Press Release | 12 June 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – India has reduced tobacco use among adults by 17 percent since 2010. As a result there are over 8 million fewer tobacco users today than there were just seven years ago despite the growth in the Indian population, according to new data released last week by the Indian government. The percentage of adults using tobacco in India fell from 34.6 percent in 2009-10 to 28.6 percent in 2016-17. The dramatic decline in tobacco use is highlighted in India’s second Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) and confirms that India’s package of public health laws are working to reduce tobacco use and save lives.

  • India Acts to Save Lives by Taxing Cigarettes, Bidis at Highest Rate

    Tobacco Unfiltered Blog | 8 June 2017

    In a historic move to save lives and protect public health, the Indian government has announced that it will tax cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and cheap, hand-rolled cigarettes called "bidis" at the highest rate of 28 percent under a new Goods and Services Tax (GST) structure.

    India’s new tobacco tax rate is a critical step forward in a country with 275 million tobacco users – the second most in the world after China. It will encourage current tobacco users to quit, prevent potential tobacco users – especially young people – from starting and help reduce the one million deaths tobacco use causes in India each year.

  • World No Tobacco Day Highlights Health and Economic Benefits of Reducing Tobacco Use

    Press Release | 31 May 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today countries around the globe will mark World No Tobacco Day, held annually by the World Health Organization (WHO) to encourage strong action to reduce tobacco use – the world's leading cause of preventable death. This year, World No Tobacco Day is focusing attention not only on tobacco's devastating toll in lives and health, but also how tobacco use threatens economic development and countries' ability to achieve sustainable development goals.

  • Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Congratulates New Director-General of the World Health Organization

    Press Release | 23 May 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids congratulates Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on his election as the next Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr. Tedros’ skilled leadership will be crucial in the fight to reduce tobacco use, which is a top risk factor for non-communicable diseases like cancer, heart disease and lung disease that cause nearly two out of every three deaths worldwide.

  • Dr. Vishal Rao of India Honored for Leadership in Fight against Tobacco Use

    Press Release | 9 May 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Vishal Rao of Karnataka, India will be honored with the 2017 Judy Wilkenfeld Award for International Tobacco Control Excellence for his leadership in the fight against tobacco use in his home state of Karnataka and across India. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids will present Dr. Rao with the award at its annual gala on May 10, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

  • Australia Reported to Win Landmark Trade Case on Tobacco Plain Packaging – Bold Strategy Is Spreading Worldwide

    Press Release | 4 May 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC – According to media reports, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled that Australia’s pioneering law requiring plain packaging for tobacco products does not violate international trade and intellectual property agreements. If Australia has prevailed, it is a landmark victory in the global fight against tobacco use and a resounding defeat for the tobacco industry, which has fiercely fought plain packaging laws. To date, the tobacco industry has lost every legal challenge to plain packaging both in international and national courts, not only in Australia, but also in the United Kingdom, France, Ireland and the European Union.

  • 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.

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