Global Tobacco Control Updates

  • 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.

  • 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.

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