Global Tobacco Control Updates

  • 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.

  • Working Together Around the World to Kick The Tobacco Habit

    Tobacco Unfiltered Blog | 6 January 2017

    (This post was published by Health Affairs Blog, where the full content can be found.)

    By Kelly Henning, Bloomberg Philanthropies
    Ten years ago, the world was a different place when it came to tobacco. Fewer than twenty developing countries in the world had even one strong tobacco control policy in place. The tobacco industry was beginning an aggressive ramping up of nefarious activities to grow their market share in vulnerable developing countries. And although advocates for tobacco control measures had a major public health victory in passing the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the world’s first public health treaty, little financial or technical help was available to support countries that wanted to put life-saving, proven tobacco control policies in place.

  • Tobacco exposure associated with infertility and earlier menopause

    Research Alert | 29 December 2016

    A study published by Tobacco Control assesses the associations between lifetime tobacco exposure (including both active smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke) with infertility and natural menopause before the age 50. The study is based on data from the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, a study of post-menopausal women aged 50–79 living in the United States. Of the 93,676 women included in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, 88,732 had complete data for analysis on fertility and 79,690 had complete data for analysis on natural menopause.

  • Colombia Passes Landmark Tobacco Tax

    Tobacco Unfiltered Blog | 23 December 2016

    Some of the lowest cigarette prices in Latin America will soon be increasing thanks to a landmark fiscal reform package passed early this morning in Colombia. As part of the reform package, the Colombian legislature has included a new tax on tobacco products that will triple prices on tobacco products.

  • New IMF Guide on Designing and Enforcing Tobacco Tax Policies

    Research Alert | 14 December 2016

    Tobacco taxation is accepted as a “win-win” for countries. It can provide countries a stable source of government revenue and it is an effective tool to decrease tobacco use and, as a result, improve public health. A ‘How-To Note’ recently published by the International Monetary Fund provides guidance on designing and enforcing tobacco excise taxes. The document discusses methods to determine the appropriate level and mix of tobacco excise taxes, monitoring of the effects of tax (including effects on consumption), earmarking of tax revenue, and administrative tools to combat illicit trade.

  • Bloomberg Initiative Offers Grants to Combat Global Tobacco Epidemic

    News | 12 December 2016

    Former New York City Mayor and philanthropist Michael R. Bloomberg recently announced he is committing additional funds to the global fight against tobacco use. The investment is part of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, an initiative run by Mayor Bloomberg’s foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies. Since its inception, the initiative has spread to more than 110 countries where it has helped pass evidence-based policies and saved an estimated 30 million lives from the harms of tobacco.

  • Tobacco smoking impact on life expectancy in 63 countries around the world

    Research Alert | 6 December 2016

    A study published by Tobacco Control assesses the impact of tobacco smoking on life expectancy worldwide between 1980 and 2010. Cause-specific mortality data from the WHO Mortality Database (1980–2010) was extracted for 63 countries. Researchers also estimated the potential gain in life expectancy at age 40 if smoking-related deaths in middle age (40–79 years) were eliminated. Among the 63 countries included in the study 2 were located in Africa, 15 in the Americas, 12 in Asia, 32 in Europe, and 2 in Oceania.

  • Michael Bloomberg Continues His Life-Saving Leadership in Global Fight Against Tobacco

    Press Release | 5 December 2016

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former New York City Mayor and philanthropist Michael R. Bloomberg announced today that he is committing an additional $360 million to the global fight against tobacco use, bringing his total commitment to nearly $1 billion.

  • Landmark Smoke-Free Law in Shanghai Will Reduce Smoking, Save Lives

    Press Release | 11 November 2016

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The government of Shanghai today announced a historic new regulation that will require smoke-free public spaces in one of the world’s largest cities. Shanghai’s bold action will reduce smoking and secondhand smoke exposure in a city of more than 20 million people – and in a country home to some of the highest smoking rates in the world. 

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