Debunking the tobacco industry take on Australia’s plain packaging laws

Not having succeeded in preventing Australian plain packaging laws from being enacted, the tobacco industry has now turned its efforts to convincing other nations to not follow Australia’s lead. Last week it was reported that smoking had actually increased under the plain packaging laws – a claim that has been expertly taken down by ABC […]

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Dirty Secrets… The Smoke-Less Affair

Post written by Shalini 90% of oral cancer cases among Indian men are attributable to tobacco consumption, according to the World Health Organization. Since 2010, India has been engaged in a major war against smokeless or oral tobacco products, including a ban on gutka. Gutka is a popular oral tobacco product that is a highly addictive […]

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US: Child Workers in Danger on Tobacco Farms

A Human Rights Watch report which included interviews with more than 100 child tobacco farm laborers in the South of the US has ruled that tobacco farming is so hazardous to children, it must be stopped. The report documents how children are sickened by nicotine and toxic pesticides, work long hours in extreme heat without […]

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Postcard from Myanmar: tea houses and tobacco promotion

  Guest post by Peter Worland The ubiquitous Myanmar tea house. You can hear the buzz of Burmese conversation emanating from such meeting places day and night. Old people on their daily catch up with neighbours meet here. Young people hang out and compare their new mobile phones here. New mums show off their beautiful […]

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#DortmundKills campaign: the legal, moral and ethical case against Inter-tabac Asia

As reported in News Analysis in the January edition of Tobacco Control, the Dortmund city-owned company Westfalenhallen Dortmund GmbH (Germany) is organising Inter-tabac Asia, a trade fair for the tobacco industry, to be held on the Indonesian island of Bali on 27 & 28 February. An international campaign against the event has attracted support from around the world, and […]

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Beyond statistics: the hidden face of smoking-related cancer

This story should be required reading for anyone who works for a tobacco company or denies that tobacco causes horrific suffering. The editorial team at Tobacco Control thanks Karen for her bravery and honesty in sharing her very personal story. Beyond statistics: the hidden face of smoking-related cancer By Simon Chapman, University of Sydney The […]

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Japan: Prime Minister appoints tobacco executive to board of national broadcaster

  Earlier this year, tobacco control advocates from around the world supported an effort by their counterparts in Japan to block a proposed appointment of Mr Katsuhiko Honda, former President of Japan Tobacco, to serve on the Board of Governors of NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster (Japan’s equivalent of the BBC). Unfortunately, the temporary success there […]

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Shadowy lobbying against Tobacco Products Directive

This post is republished with full permission from Tobacco Unpacked. A guest blog by Andy Rowell, research fellow at the Tobacco Control Research Group, University of Bath, and editor of TobaccoTactics.org Landmark TPD debated in Europe this week. Multi-million-pound lobbying campaign inflicted on Brussels by tobacco industry. This week is crunch time in Brussels for […]

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Waiting out the legal challenges to plain packaging – playing into the tobacco industry’s hands?

  Editor’s note: This article was first published by the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer (Australia). It is republished here with permission. The original article can be accessed here. The McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer is a joint initiative of Cancer Council Victoria and the Union for International Cancer Control. Its mission is to […]

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China’s investment in Africa: consequences for tobacco control?

    Sue Lawrence, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Recently, China’s economic growth recently may have fallen below its expected 6% rate, but it is more of dip than an indication of decline. Its pursuit of new markets is likely to continue undeterred (1) and this may have spillover effects for tobacco control. […]

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