Global Tobacco Control Updates

  • 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.

  • 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.

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