Global Tobacco Control Updates

Indoor secondhand tobacco smoke increases the risk of child death in Sub-Saharan Africa
26 Jun 2017
Research Alert |

Globally, 40 percent of children are exposed to secondhand smoke (SHS), which is responsible for over 600,000 deaths per year. Inhalation of secondhand smoke results in serious health harms such as sudden infant death syndrome, premature death among…
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africa, secondhand smoke

Kenya’s Court of Appeal Rejects British American Tobacco Suit, Upholds Tobacco Control Regulations
17 Feb 2017
Press Release |

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…
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africa, framework convention on tobacco control, kenya, tobacco industry

BBC Investigation: British American Tobacco Bribed Government Officials in Africa to Undermine Life-Saving Measures
01 Dec 2015
Press Release |

WASHINGTON, D.C. – An investigative report broadcast yesterday by the BBC disclosed extensive evidence, supported by previously secret documents, that British…
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africa, british american tobacco

Effectiveness of graphic health warnings in Africa: The experience of Mauritius
12 Aug 2015
Research Alert |

In 2009, Mauritius became the first country in the World Health Organization (WHO) African Region to implement graphic health warnings (GHWs) on tobacco product packages, with 60% coverage on the front and 70% coverage on the back of packs. A study…
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africa, graphic warning labels, mauritius, who, world health organization

Uganda Sets Powerful Example with Comprehensive Tobacco Control Law
30 Jul 2015
Tobacco Unfiltered Blog |

Uganda has joined the growing movement to reduce tobacco use in Africa by enacting a comprehensive tobacco control…
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africa, global adult tobacco survey, smoke-free laws, tobacco control laws, uganda

2014: A Historic Year in the Fight Against Tobacco
31 Dec 2014
Tobacco Unfiltered Blog |

From CVS’s bold decision to end tobacco sales to once-unimaginable progress in countries such as Russia, India and China that have the world’s highest rates of tobacco use, 2014 has been a truly historic and pivotal year in the fight against…
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africa, beijing, brazil, china, india, indonesia, russia, united states

New Survey Shows Need for Kenya to Take Strong Action to Save Lives from Tobacco Use
02 Dec 2014
Tobacco Unfiltered Blog |

An estimated 2.5 million Kenyans — over 11 percent of the country’s adult population — currently use tobacco, according to the first Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) ever…
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africa, global adult tobacco survey, who

Pack Warning Resource Now Available for African Governments and Advocates
29 Oct 2014
Research Alert |

Graphic warning labels on cigarette packs are an effective tool in the fight to reduce tobacco use. The Secretariat of the WHO Framework for Tobacco Control (FCTC) and the World Lung Foundation have just released the online Afro Pack Warning Resource…
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africa, fctc, graphic warning labels, who

Uganda’s First Adult Tobacco Survey Shows Peril and Opportunity to Head-off Epidemic
07 Jul 2014
Tobacco Unfiltered Blog |

A new survey of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke in Uganda (Executive Summary and Fact Sheet)…
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africa, gats, uganda

Reports Find Action on Tobacco Control in Africa Urgently Needed
10 Apr 2014
Research Alert |

A new report by the Network of African Science Academies calls for immediate action to prevent the growing threat of tobacco use in Africa. The report, Preventing a Tobacco Epidemic in Africa: A Call for Effective Action to Support Health, Social,…
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africa, marketing, secondhand smoke, sponsorship, taxation and price, tobacco industry, who, youth

Senegal Takes a Stand for Public Health, Bans Smoking in Public Places
10 Apr 2014
Tobacco Unfiltered Blog |

By enacting a new law containing provisions proven to reduce tobacco use, Senegal has become the latest country to join a growing tobacco control movement in…
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africa, graphic warning labels, senegal, tobacco industry

Ethiopia Becomes 178th Country to Ratify Tobacco Control Treaty
31 Mar 2014
News |

The World Health Organization has officially accepted Ethiopia's ratification of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the world's first international public health treaty. Now comprised of 178 parties, the treaty obligates countries…
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africa, fctc, world health organization

Fighting Big Tobacco in Indonesia and Africa
30 Jan 2014
Tobacco Unfiltered Blog |

Indonesia and Africa are among Big Tobacco's top targets as the industry increasingly targets low- and middle-income countries in its insatiable quest for profit, no matter the cost in lives and health.

Recent news stories document both…
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africa, concerts, indonesia, philip morris international, tobacco control laws, tobacco industry, youth

Report Finds the Time to Act on Tobacco Control in Africa is Now
21 Nov 2013
Research Alert |

A new report by the American Cancer Society warns that without action, Africa is set to be the “future epicenter of the tobacco epidemic.” According to the report, current rates of tobacco use will increase as African nations continue…
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africa, tobacco control, tobacco control laws

New Report: Africa at Risk of Becoming “Epicenter of Tobacco Epidemic”
20 Nov 2013
Tobacco Unfiltered Blog |

A new report by the American Cancer Society warns that without urgent action to prevent tobacco use, Africa will be…
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africa, nigeria, sengal, tobacco control laws, tobacco industry, uganda

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