Global Tobacco Control Updates

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

    Press Release | 13 September 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Philip Morris International – the world’s largest non-governmental cigarette manufacturer – has announced that it is establishing a Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, with funding of $80 million per year over the next 12 years.

  • UN Global Compact Shows Leadership by Dropping Tobacco Industry Members

    Press Release | 12 September 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) today announced that it would bar tobacco companies and any other organization that derives revenue from the production or manufacturing of tobacco products from participating in the initiative. Today’s announcement from the UNGC is a positive step for global public health because it prevents tobacco companies from burnishing their public image through association with credible organizations like the United Nations.

  • Led by Dr. Tom Frieden, New Global Health Initiative – Resolve – Will Save Lives and Improve Health Around the World

    Press Release | 12 September 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids welcomes today’s announcement of the creation of Resolve, a bold $225 million global health initiative led by Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The initiative aims to save more than 100 million lives by preventing heart attacks and strokes and will also help countries improve epidemic preparedness and response. The initiative will be based at Vital Strategies, a New York-based global health organization.

  • Ukraine Reports Dramatic Drop in Cigarette Smoking, Further Action Needed to Continue Life-Saving Progress

    Press Release | 4 September 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC – Rates of cigarette smoking in Ukraine have declined dramatically according to new findings released today as part of Ukraine’s second Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS). The significant decrease in smoking reflects the success of Ukraine’s public health laws which protect all Ukrainians from the deadly harms of tobacco use – the world’s leading cause of preventable death.

  • 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.

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