Point of Sale Display: A Call to Action on Prohibition of Tobacco Products in Nepal

By Amrit Banstola and Ashik Banstola In Nepal, tobacco products are smoked, inhaled, chewed, and sucked in many different forms. All forms of these tobacco products seriously damage health. In a situation where the country is undergoing a shift in burden from infectious diseases to chronic diseases, Non-Communicable Diseases [NCDs] caused by tobacco are increasingly […]

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World Head & Neck Cancer Day, 27 July: A call for effective tobacco & areca nut control

Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi, Professor and Head and Neck Surgeon at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India. Head and cancers are a major cause of death and disability globally, and the most common cancer in low-income countries. To draw the world’s attention to effective care and control of head and neck cancers, the International Federation of Head […]

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Victory for tobacco’s victims. Victory for public health. Victory for society.

by Cynthia Callard Directrice, Service d’information sur les procès du tabac Association pour la santé publique du Québec​ “Knowingly exposing people to the type of dangers that the Companies knew cigarettes represented without any precaution signals being sent is beyond irresponsible at any time of the Class Period. It is also intentionally negligent.” Justice Brian […]

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This artistic ad from Thailand will make you think…and gasp

The opening of this video is intriguing – thick black ink dropping into water, then a paintbrush slowly making a bold black stroke across canvas. The paintbrush has been dipped in what looks like a high quality art paint jar…but it is no ordinary ink. As the ad states, it is the life’s work of a man who spent 50 […]

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Bloomberg Philanthropies Honors Tobacco Control Organizations

by Stan Shatenstein Bloomberg Philanthropies hosted the third Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards for Global Tobacco Control as part of the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Abu Dhabi last week. The Awards were created to recognise governments and non-governmental organizations demonstrating excellent progress or achievement in the implementation of MPOWER measures in low-and middle-income […]

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Tobacco industry confronted with child labour

  By Laura Graen, www.forchangemakers.com In late 2014, the tobacco industry was confronted with the revelation of child labour on US tobacco farms, detailed in a well-researched 139 page report published by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The USA is not alone; most major tobacco producing countries use child labour in tobacco growing. In other words, […]

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American Red Cross: tobacco funding risks global brand

The American Red Cross is under increasing pressure to refuse tobacco industry donations, to bring it into line with guidelines of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and most of the 189 national affiliates. Accepting tobacco funding is in clear breach of the first of the seven Fundamental Principles of the […]

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Obituaries: Vale tobacco control leaders Nigel Gray and Anthony (Tony) Hedley

The international tobacco control community lost two of its leading figures in late 2014: Dr Nigel Gray (Australia) and Professor Tony Hedley (UK/Hong Kong). Both made an enormous contribution to public health through a combination of robust scientific evidence and persuasive advocacy.  Nigel Gray, 12 September 1928-20 December 2014 A decade after the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) […]

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UK: Tobacco industry goal is to delay plain packaging

Plain packaging laws could be delayed if not introduced before the general election. The Guardian reports: The government is under fire from politicians on all sides amid fears that legislation forcing tobacco companies to sell cigarettes in plain packs will not be introduced before the general election. MPs from all three main parties, including the […]

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