Global Tobacco Control Updates

Canadian Cancer Society Status Report on Pack Warning Labels Now Available in Seven Languages
07 Feb 2017
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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,…
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Global cost of smoking was US$1.4 trillion in 2012
01 Feb 2017
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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.…
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cancer, world health organization

Strong tobacco control policies have prevented almost 22 million deaths since 2007
12 Jan 2017
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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…
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fctc, marketing, mpower, sponsorship, taxation, tobacco control laws, who, world health organization

Tobacco exposure associated with infertility and earlier menopause
29 Dec 2016
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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…
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menopause, women, women and tobacco

New IMF Guide on Designing and Enforcing Tobacco Tax Policies
14 Dec 2016
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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’…
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taxation, trade

Tobacco smoking impact on life expectancy in 63 countries around the world
06 Dec 2016
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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.…
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fctc, graphic warning labels, secondhand smoke, taxation, who

Philippines’ 2012 tobacco tax reform found effective, a model for other countries
27 Oct 2016
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In 2012, the Philippines passed landmark tobacco and alcohol tax reform, popularly known as the “Sin Tax Law.” The law greatly simplified and increased excise taxes and contributed to the government’s goal of universal health care…
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philippines, taxation and price

Stronger cigarette pack health warnings work
13 Oct 2016
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A study published in Social Science & Medicine examines the impact of policies that strengthened requirements for health warnings on cigarette packs. Researchers reviewed 32 studies from 20 countries that assessed the impact on knowledge,…
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Tobacco control policies in Brazil effective across population sectors
26 Sep 2016
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Brazil is a global leader in tobacco control, having adopted a comprehensive and effective set of public policies designed to prevent and reduce tobacco use. A 2015 study published in Tobacco Control examines how the implementation of several tobacco…
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brazil, gats, global adult tobacco survey

WHO experts group recommends banning menthol in tobacco products
25 Jul 2016
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Menthol is a widely used flavoring additive in cigarettes and other tobacco products. It is characterized by a minty flavor and cooling effect that reduces the irritation a smoker feels when smoking. An Advisory Note prepared by the World Health Organization…
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additives, menthol, world health organization

Cigarette smoking and hospitalization in Lebanon
22 Jun 2016
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Tobacco smoking is a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, cancer, respiratory illnesses and a wide range of other negative health outcomes resulting in hospitalization. A study published in BMJ assessed the link between smoking and hospitalization.…
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Lessons from Tobacco Taxation Can Serve Developing Countries
16 Jun 2016
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In May 2016, the World Bank hosted a conference on the pressures developing countries face to lower tax rates and shrink their tax base while also fighting tax avoidance and evasion. These dynamics undermine the ability of developing countries to…
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mpower, taxation, united states

Tool to measure tobacco control sustainability developed
13 May 2016
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A new study in Tobacco Control examines the utility of a tool to assess and guide the sustainability of national tobacco control programs. Researchers identified 31 indicators of sustainability based on reports from civil society groups,…
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bangladesh, china, indonesia, mexico, pakistan, tobacco industry

Smoke-free laws improve heart health and reduce smoking-related death
06 May 2016
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The Cochrane Collaboration recently assessed the impact of smoking bans in indoor public places and workplaces on health outcomes and exposure to secondhand smoke. The assessment is based on 77 studies from 21 countries published through until February…
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secondhand smoke, smoke-free laws

Waterpipe use is dangerous and needs strong regulation
27 Apr 2016
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Waterpipe tobacco smoking (WTS) is gaining popularity worldwide. A meta-analysis of WTS research studies published in Public Health Reports compares inhaled toxicants from WTS and cigarette smoking. The article analyzed 17 studies for smoke…
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