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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China set to ban smoking in public places

In late November 2014, China began the process of introducing laws to enforce smokefree public places and ban tobacco advertising. Unsurprisingly, the state-owned  tobacco industry has already started to push back against these essential reforms: “We must note that smoking has hundreds of years of history and objectively a market demand for cigarettes still exists,” […]

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New Zealand: Dirty Politics raises conflict of interest concerns

Nathan Cowie, MPH. Cowie Research and Communications Disclosure: The author has previously undertaken paid employment for Centre for Tobacco Control Research, University of Auckland, and Action on Smoking and Health New Zealand. Investigative journalist Nicky Hager released a book in August 2014 on the seamier side of New Zealand politics. Dirty Politics: How attack politics […]

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The Netherlands: Dutch government sued over WHO FCTC violations

This post was originally published by The Youth Smoking Prevention Foundation. It is republished here with full permission. The Youth Smoking Prevention Foundation is taking the Kingdom of the Netherlands to court to end the structural and excessive influence exerted by the tobacco lobby on government anti-smoking policies. The Foundation is calling on the Dutch […]

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FDA moves to make e-cigarette research more difficult

Below we republish a post by Stan Glantz from the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Reserved & Education. At a time when e-cigarette marketing, sales and use appears to be escalating, “real world” independent research is urgently needed. The FDA appears to be shutting down this important investigative channel. Dilbert meets Kafka again: While FDA […]

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Reports from the Asia Pacific Association for the Control of Tobacco #APACT2013 Conference

  Editor’s note: The first edition of the ASEAN Tobacco Control Atlas was launched to coincide with the conference. Click here to read additional reporting by SEATCA and download the report. Dr Marewa Glover from the University of Auckland Centre for Tobacco Control Research writes here about how e or m health ideas are an area […]

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